Akira Ioane

Akira Ioane
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  • Number: 234
  • Position: Loose Forward
  • Born: 16/01/95
  • Height: 1.94m
  • Weight: 113kg
  • Province: Auckland
  • Provincial Debut: 2015 v Southland
  • Blues Debut: 2015 v Chiefs
  • Blues Caps: 29

The strapping loose forward made his debut for the Blues in 2015 in the opening game of the Investec Super Rugby, and after coming in as a replacement player, he went on to earn nine caps, six of them as a starter.

Ioane, who was born in Japan, has rugby in his blood with his father Eddie a former Samoan international and his mother Sandra a former Black Ferns player. He was a stand-out for Auckland Grammar and the New Zealand Secondary Schools team before being snapped up by the New Zealand Sevens in 2014.

He won the Golden Boot award for NZ Schools (2013) and continued on to win a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with the All Blacks Sevens team. Ioane made his debut for the Maori All Blacks in 2015 after a standout performances with the NZ Under 20s who won the World Rugby Under 20 Championship title. 

He was outstanding in 2016 for his eight appearances, before joining the All Blacks Sevens squad and ultimately playing at the Rio Olympics. Akira returned to produce some eye-catching displays for Auckland in the Mitre-10 Cup.