A member of the Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou iwi, Ihaia West was one of the stars of the ITM Cup in 2013, with a series of impressive performances for Hawke’s Bay, and joined the Maori All Blacks for the first time in 2013. He featured in both matches on the North American Tour, landing a conversion against Canada. He was impressive again in the ITM Cup in 2014, with his prodigious kicking abilities a key part of Hawke’s Bay securing the Ranfurly Shield and a place in the ITM Cup Championship Final.
The fleet-footed first five-eighth combines surprising acceleration and a distinctive left-foot step with confident attack and deft offloads. He is also able to provide cover at fullback, where his attacking qualities are particularly evident. He joined the Blues in 2014 for his debut Investec Super Rugby season, appearing eight times for the team. West was also part of the 2012 New Zealand Under 20 side.
2013 v Canada