- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 1:43PM
Highlanders star Malakai Fekitoa may have been dropped from the national side but he has made it into one of the most sought-after magazine issues in the world.
Fekitoa is one of 23 athletes from around the world who will feature in the The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.
The magazine is heavily promoted and is seen by many athletes as a prestigious one in which to appear.
Fekitoa is joined in the magazine by the likes of tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, basketballer Isaiah Thomas and American footballer Ezekiel Elliott.
Fekitoa is believed to be the first Kiwi athlete and only the second rugby player to
be featured in The Body Issue.
He is seen in a promotional clip, lying on a beach, talking about how hard he works to get his body in shape.
"I worked really hard with my body to get it right," Fekitoa told ESPN.
"I want to show others that you can achieve anything in what you do if you put your mind to it and your body."
All 23 of the athletes featured in the issue appear naked, with some discreetly placed sporting equipment or camera angles.
It is not known when Fekitoa did his photo shoot or how it came about.
The magazine comes out early next month.
Fekitoa, who did not make the All Blacks squad to play the British and Irish Lions, is on a break from the Highlanders. The side will come together again to start training later this week.
The outside back's contract is up at the end of the year and there is much speculation he will pursue a contract overseas.
Source: NZ Herald