Is this the hottest rugby prospect going around?
Last updated 15:41, January 23 2017
Siave Togoiu, the hottest prospect in Auckland and New Zealand rugby at the moment.
Siave Togoiu might just be one of the hottest rugby prospects in Auckland, if not New Zealand right now.
It took the Mangere 17-year-old, better known for his rugby league feats with national secondary school champions Southern Cross Campus, just one international sevens tournament to have agents, provinces and super rugby franchises beating a path to his door.
Auckland and the Blues, the teams the teenager confirmed he'll be playing for, were the first to court the winger. Waikato and the Chiefs also expressed an interest.
Siave Togoiu, right, with Junior Poluleuligaga, the coach of the Samoa schoolboy sevens team.
The frenzy erupted as Togoiu set alight the inaugural World Schools Sevens Championship at Sacred Heart College last weekend.
He had a sensational two days. He led Samoa to the finals where they lost to Australia 24-19 and was named player of the tournament.
Togoiu has been taken aback by all the attention.
"I'm surprised by all the attention. I never expected anything like this. I've been receiving calls from agents nearly every day since the tournament finished. All were prepared to sign me up, if I didn't already have a manager.
"It's exciting, I've always wanted to play professionally. This is my chance."
Togoiu hasn't put pen to paper yet but confirms that he will sign for Auckland and the Blues with whom he rubbed shoulders with at a training session at Manukau Rovers Rugby Club late last year.
He was seen in discussions with Tom Hanks, the Blues high performance manager, rubbed shoulders with Blues players and even got to talk to head coach and All Black great Tana Umaga.
The irony of it all is that Togoiu wasn't supposed to play in the tournament.
He and kid-brother Kakoi , the player of the tournament at the national secondary school rugby league championships, were roped into a make shift Samoa team just days before kickoff by Papatoetoe Rugby Club director of rugby Junior Poluleuligaga.
Poluleuligaga was asked to stitch a make shift team of Aucklanders together less than a week out from the tournament when Samoa couldn't send a team.
The rest is history as the scamble for Togoiu signature began before the tournament had ended.
Poluleuligaga, a former Samoa, Auckland and Blues halfback, says he has never seen such a frenzy before.
"Siave is the hottest rugby prospect in New Zealand right now. Everyone, from agents, provinces and Super 15 franchises want his signature.
"It's his speed, foot work and balance that sets him apart," he says.
But Siave says his first aim is just to crack the Auckland under-18s.