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Akira Ioane

Akira Ioane, who was born in Japan, has rugby in his blood with his father Eddie a former Samoan international lock, while mother Sandra played for the Black Ferns.

The strapping loose forward has had a stellar 2015, making his debut for the Blues in the opening game of the Investec Super Rugby at home against the Chiefs this season. His strong form ensured he was seen regularly in the blue jersey while he was also a key player in the New Zealand Under 20 team which won the World Championship title in Italy in June.

As a teenager Ioane was a stand-out for Auckland Grammar and the New Zealand Secondary Schools team before being snapped up by the All Blacks Sevens in 2014 making his debut at Sevens Wellington. He ended the sevens season helping the team winning their 12th World Series title and a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Loose Forward
1.90m, 105kg
Test Points:
Provincial Team:

Career Comments

  • Instagram handle: @akiraioane_

    My favourite...
    Rugby ground: Eden Park
    Player (and why): Jerome Kaino, because he is an all-round professional
    Other sports: Waterpolo, touch and athletics

    My best rugby memory was... beating Sacred Heart in 2012

    The biggest influence on my rugby was... my mum and dad

    If I could meet one person, it would be... Kevin Hart because he looks like a funny guy

    I hate it when... People wake me up

    I can't live without... my phone

    If I wasn't a rugby player I would be... a student

Test Match record

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