Whanganui's expat former All Black Waisake Naholo is looking to hit the cold ground running at his new home with London Irish this weekend.

The 28-year-old winger had signed with the Gallagher Premiership team in February this year, while still hoping to make the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad, until a knee injury saw him miss seven weeks of Super Rugby for the Highlanders.

Naholo came back for the last four Highlanders matches, before rejoining Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup, but by then test newcomers George Bridge and Sevu Reece had surpassed him to make the All Black

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