Ihaia West

Ihaia West
228

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  • Number: 228
  • Position: First Five-Eighth
  • Born: 16/01/92
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight: 84kg
  • Province: Hawkes Bay
  • Provincial Debut: 2012 v Counties Manukau
  • Blues Debut: 2014 v Reds
  • Blues Caps: 45

The Hawkes Bay native attended Napier Boys’ High School where he first found the sport. He was selected for NZ Under 20 team in 2012 and was one of the Hawkes Bay Magpies’ stars in 2013, the same year that he was selected for the Maori All Blacks tour of North America.

His performance during the 2014 Mitre 10 Cup helped the Magpies win and retain the Ranfurly Shield. Ihaia was called in to the Blues for injury cover of Baden Kerr in 2014. His acceleration and characteristic left-foot step earned the respect of Blues coaches and he was invited to stay on with the team.

In the ensuring two seasons he has earned 37 caps for the Blues, and in 2016 played in every game and scored 135 points.