Record-breaker Naholo thriving in the south
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
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"They have some really good loose forwards and big boys in the mid-field so they'll be physical, but we have some big hitters as well so hopefully we can stop them, he said.
In the longer term Naholo has recommitted his future to the Highlanders and said his reason for re-signing with them was that he loved playing, especially in the covered stadium.
"The Highlanders' environment is pretty cool and I just love living in Dunedin," he said.
He was unaware if there had been tempting offers from overseas as he wasn't told the details.
The possibility of playing in another Rugby World Cup in Japan next year was another factor in his decision.
"I'd like to go to another World Cup and hopefully that works out next year," he said.
Here's #YOURLanders to take on the Lions this week back under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium!
It's also BENDERS SHOUT for all Junior Registered Rugby players who will get into the game for FREE!
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Naholo has become the Highlanders' top try scorer, breaking Jeff Wilson's record of 35 tries. Naholo came into the 2018 season on 31 tries and broke the record against the Brumbies.
When he was preparing to play the Brumbies in Dunedin, at which time he had equalled the record, he met Wilson for the first time when he approached him and told him to keep going hard to break the record.
His success rate had become a point of humour in the side. He said lock Tom Franklin told him the forwards were doing all the work getting him the ball and setting him up for tries and they needed to be given more credit.
Having achieved similar cult figure status that Wilson enjoyed around 20 years ago, Naholo said he enjoyed hearing the Forsyth Barr crowd chanting his name. It was something that lifted him as a player, and in the enclosed stadium it tended to be very loud.
GAME DAY! Get your tickets and head along to Forsyth Barr to see the @Highlanders take on the Lions tonight!
? 7.35pm, Saturday 12 May
??? Forsyth Barr Stadium
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