Karena Wihongi (born 29 September 1979, in New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a prop, and has "a reputation for powerful scrummaging courtesy of his hefty 19st 9lb, 6ft 1in frame." He previously played his club rugby for the Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks, to whom he was signed in 2010. He came from former French clubs Oyonnax Rugby and CS Bourgoin Jallieu; he is a French qualified player based on residency. The Sale Sharks' coach stated that "He was on my priority list as soon as I was appointed and was delighted when he signed on the dotted line." He currently plays for Castres Olympique in the Top 14.
|Date of birth||29 September 1979|
|Place of birth||New Zealand|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||130 kg (20 st 7 lb) |
|Rugby union career|
- "Eurosport.com Australia". web page. Eurosport. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
- "BBC Sport – Rugby Union – Sale snap up France-qualified prop Karena Wihongi". BBC Online. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.