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Shailene Woodley’s romance with NZ rugby player

The pair met while the Hollywood star was filming in Fiji.

Hollywood superstar Shailene Woodley has fallen for North Harbour rugby player Ben Volavola.

Revealed in this week’s Woman’s Day, 25-year-old Shailene – famous for starring roles in Big Little Lies, Divergent and Fault in Our Stars – has been photographed in romantic clinches with the handsome rugby first five in Hamilton on the side lines after North Harbour’s recent win over Waikato. Wearing a North Harbour beanie and scarf, the famous actress looked absolutely smitten as she cheered the team on to victory.

An onlooker in Hamilton said, “Shailene was sitting in the stands with two girlfriends while Ben played and went wild when they won. She was obviously really proud of him. Apparently she’s been to lots of games this season.”


Shailene has been in New Zealand filming studio scenes for a new movie called Adrift in west Auckland. It’s thought she met Ben, 26, earlier this year while shooting on location in Fiji, where he plays for the national team. It’s believed the Sydney-born player was training there at the same time.

Although she never named him, Shailene posted a photo of her hand entwined with Ben’s last week – sending fans of the teen idol into a frenzy as they tried to work out his identity. While she was cryptic on Instagram, her very public displays of affection with Ben in New Zealand mean the romance is now out in the open.

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