Waisake Naholo’s trip to Fiji to seek a traditional remedy to help his broken leg has paid off with selection to the All Blacks World Cup squad.
Naholo’s selection despite a broken leg suffered during his test debut against Argentina in Christchurch on July 17 is one of the big storylines of the 31-player squad which will look to defend their title in England starting on September 20.
The 24-year-old wing, who enjoyed a stunning season with the Super Rugby champion Highlanders this year, was described by coach Steve Hansen after the announcement at the Beehive in Wellington as a “try-scoring machine” and someone they had to have in the mix.
Naholo’s cracked fibula is healing well, he is jogging, and should be available for the All Blacks’ third pool game against Georgia in Cardiff on October 2.
Naholo said he was at home with his brother when he got the call from All Blacks manager Darren Shand, and he assumed it was bad news.