Since signing for Wasps in March 2013, Nathan Hughes has earned a reputation as a barnstorming back-row forward and qualified by residence for England at the end of June 2016.
His first Test appearances followed off the bench against South Africa and Fiji in November of that year and he made an impact on his first start against Australia in the final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.
He carried the ball 18 times, of which nine constituted breaks of the Australian defensive line. The ground he gained was close to 100 metres and he made 12 tackles.
Nathan also exerted an important influence during England’s 21-16 victory over Wales in Cardiff in February 2017, carrying the ball 22 times. He was also the top carrier on either side with 14 in the next game against Italy.
He celebrated his 26th birthday when England beat Argentina 38-34 in the first Test at San Juan the following June winning his tenth cap the following week at Santa Fe.
He scored his maiden try against the same opponents at Twickenham in November 2017 after an unstoppable run towards the corner.
Forced to miss the first two matches of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations due to a knee injury, Nathan recovered to start England's away games against Scotland and France.
Born in the sugar-producing city of Lautoka, he was already eligible to play for Fiji by birth, Samoa through his mother and New Zealand on residency.
His schooling was at St Thomas High and Kelston Boys High. Hockey was Nathan’s childhood sport. He represented Fiji Schools and started playing rugby only eight years ago at the age of 17.
Nathan made his senior rugby debut off the bench for Auckland against Otago in the 2011 ITM Cup, having played for the province’s U18 and U20 teams and in February 2013 was selected by the then-Fiji coach Inoke Male to join the Fiji Warriors squad for the Pacific Rugby Cup and was appointed as vice-captain.
Nathan though arrived in England after being contacted by Dai Young, the Wasps director of rugby, having not been given a Super Rugby contract by Auckland Blues.
Little did he know that by early October 2016 he would have scored 15 tries in 59 Aviva Premiership games and go on to win three England caps.
In 2014/15 Nathan plundered ten tries in 28 appearances for Wasps and in January 2017 signed a contract extension with the club.
5 points - 1T
2016 SA(R), Fj(R), A 2017 F, W, It, S, I(R), Arg (1,2), Arg, A 2018 S, F, SA (1R, 2R,3), A (R)
Last updated: 16 January 2019