Isi Naisarani

  • 23 Age
  • 110kg Weight
  • 195cm Height

Biography

Isi Naisarani has been earmarked as a Rugby World Cup contender since his breakout National Rugby Championship season with Brisbane City in 2016. Powerful, strong and skilful, Naisarani is widely considered to be the player who can add much needed height, bulk and balance to a Wallaby back-row that some believe it has lacked since the retirement of Wycliff Palu. Born and bred in Fiji, Naisarani moved to Australia in 2014 after his aunt and uncle convinced him he was good enough to carve out a rugby career in Super Rugby. ”When I came here, they said, ‘You focus on your goal’," Naisarani said. “One thing you give back to us is to wear the gold jersey and make us proud.” Unfortunately a visa-related issue saw Naisarani’s three-year residency criteria reset in early 2016, the same year that he starred for Souths in Queensland’s Premier Rugby to earn his first NRC opportunity with Brisbane City.

Seven matches and five tries later Naisarani signed a contract with the Western Force where his debut Super Rugby season was described as ‘nothing short of incredible.’ So great was his impact that Naisarani became the first Force debutant to win the club’s top honour, the Nathan Sharpe Medal. Naisarani then agreed to a one-year deal with the Brumbies after the Force was controversially excluded from the Super Rugby competition. At the end of the 2018 season Naisarani signed with the Rebels, in order to link up with former Force coach Dave Wessels, before he was selected as a development player on the Wallabies’ Spring Tour.

Naisarani continued his impressive form in Melbourne and he duly won the franchise’s Players’ Player of the Year Award. Having finally fulfilled World Rugby’s eligibility requirement Naisarani is set to win his first Test cap after being named in the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship squad. “The World Cup in Japan is a big dream of mine and obviously to pull on that Gold jersey would be something very special,” Naisarani said.