Joshua Whippy, a third-year center and fullback for the Utah Warriors, was born and raised in Fiji and moved to New Zealand to play both basketball and rugby at Rangitoto College and Church College of New Zealand. In his senior year, he spent a season in Utah with United Rugby, helping them win their first National Championship, beating Highland in 2010.
The following year, Whippy joined Brigham Young University’s squad, but his freshman season was cut short with injury. After serving a two-year service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he returned to BYU and was a stand out performer in many of their National Championships, receiving All-American honors.
Whippy was a part of the Utah Select 7s team that won back-to-back National Club 7s titles and was named team MVP for the 2017 season. On the back of a stand out season, he went on tour with the US Men’s Select side to Uruguay and earned selection to the Eagles tour to Germany.
Whippy is married to his wife Moana, and they have one child. His twin brother Jared also plays for the Utah Warriors.