ORIGINALLY FROM AUCKLAND and schooled at King’s College, Ioane travelled south in 2014 to study and play Premier rugby for Southern RFC. Ioane made progress in the Otago Academy Development before playing age-grade Otago rugby, as well as for the Samoan U20 side.
The exciting, attacking player made his debut for Otago against North Harbour in 2017. So far in the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season he is eighth in the competition player rankings for points scored with 50 points.
His composure and running skills caught the eye of Tony Brown early on, who called him into the Highlanders in December 2016 for pre-season. While he didn’t take the field in 2017, Ioane continued to develop his game and become accustomed to the higher level. He made his debut in 2018 against the Hurricanes and ended the season with eight appearances.
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