Player Details

Highlanders # 188
Position Wing/Fullback
Born 04/12/1989 in Auckland
Height 1.73m
Weight 87kg
club Green Island
Province Otago
Provincial Caps 40
Provincial Points 30 (6t)
Provincial Debut 2008 v North Harbour (Wellington)
Super Rugby Caps 10
super rugby points 0
super rugby debut 2012 v Chiefs


Buxton Popoalii made the move from Wellington to join the Otago ITM Cup team in 2011. A dynamic wing/fullback, Buxton has been a part of the New Zealand sevens team since 2009 and added plenty of spark to the blue and gold back three in 2011.  As part of the Highlanders Wider Training Group in 2012, Popoalii was called into the Highlanders for nine appearances and impressed with his speed and skill around the field.  He played a significant role in Otago’s successful 2012 ITM Cup campaign.  Popoalii will be seeking some regular game-time in 2013.