Havili (6’5”, 253) is a native of Tonga, where he learned to play the sport of rugby. As a child, Havili toured New Zealand with the Tongan Under-14 Team before being recruited to play for Sacred Heart College in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 26-year-old Havili comes to Utah with a wealth of experience in the sport of rugby. Havili got his start in professional rugby playing for the Blues’ Under-18 team, after which he moved to Australia to play for Perth’s Future Force Academy. Havili spent four years in Perth, playing for the Perth Spirit (NRC) and the Western Force (Super Rugby).
Following his time in Perth, Havili earned a contract with the Exeter Chiefs of Premiership Rugby and moved to Europe, where he spent two seasons. Following 2019, Havili moved to Japan to play for the HITO-Communications Sunwolves, before returning to Europe in 2020 to play for Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne of Rugby Pro D2 in France.
In addition to his professional rugby experience, Havili’s play earned him a spot with the Tongan National Team in 2017. Havili has made eight appearances for Tonga since 2017, making one start.
“I’m going to come to the Warriors and work hard to earn my spot first, then focus on what I can do to contribute to my team and get a win every week,” said Havili. “Also, with this being my first year in the MLR, I have to adapt quickly to the style of play and focus on doing my part in order to help the team win.”