Lima

Player Details

Position First Five-Eighth
Born 03/02/1991
Height 1.75m
Weight 91kg
club College Old Boys
Province Southland
Provincial Caps 53
Provincial Points 546 (5t 109c 101p)
Provincial Debut 2010 v Manawatu
Super Rugby Caps 65
Super Rugby Points 639 (10t, 110c, 118p, 5d)
Super Rugby Debut 2011 v Hurricanes
Test Caps 6
Test Points 22 (8c, 2p)
Test Debut 2015 v South Africa

Biography

Lima Sopoaga is a young, skillful flyhalf who burst on to the scene in 2010 while playing for the Wellington Lions where he became the regular starter in the No. 10 jersey. Injuries limited his 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby seasons, but in 2014 and 2015, regular game-time has seen the playmaker’s game blossom, he has built a reputation for taking the ball strongly to the line and creating exciting opportunities for his powerful wings. He is also a very accurate goal kicker and a talented playmaker. 25-year-old Sopoaga has played 53 games for the Highlanders and made his All Blacks Test debut in 2015 against the Springboks in South Africa. Sopoaga claimed the record for most points scored in one season by a Highlander with 191 in 2015 and is the second-ranked Highlander for most career points on 639 (behind head coach Tony Brown). Currently in the All Blacks, he will be looking to build on his good form as a key member of the Highlanders backline in 2017.

What is your first rugby memory? Smashing my brother, Tups, one-on-one
What has been your best rugby moment to date? Highlanders debut against the Hurricanes in 2011
Who is your favourite rugby player? Ben Smith
Do you have a favourite singer/band? Six60
What is your favourite food? Dad's lasagne
If you weren't a rugby player what would you be doing? I would be a Policeman
Do you have a favourite quote? "'I' do it" 
What does representing the Highlanders mean to you? It's a dream come true
Twitter: @limasopoaga
Instagram: limasopoaga