Havili had a breakthrough Super Rugby season in 2017, which saw him named the Crusaders Player of Year and earned him All Blacks selection.
He is the son of former Nelson Bays representative wing Bill Havili, and a product of the Nelson College First XV. He plays for Tasman in the provincial competition, debuting for them in 2014 and captaining them to back to back Mitre 10 Cup titles in 2019 and 2020.
When David first joined the Crusaders in 2015 he was a Wider Training Group member, but earned 11 Crusaders caps that year and showed he could bring some formidable flair to the backline.
He made his All Blacks debut against the Pumas in 2017, scoring his first try on debut in the 81st minute.
After a superb 2021 campaign as Vice-Captain of the Crusaders (which saw him named Back of the Year at the club's awards night), David was recalled into the All Blacks for the Steinlager Series and scored two tries against Fiji in Dunedin.
The 27-year-old is set to become the club's latest Super Rugby centurion in 2022, as he quickly closes in on the milestone.