Akira Ioane, who was born in Japan, has rugby in his blood with his father Eddie a former Manu Samoa lock, while his mother Sandra played for the Black Ferns and brother Rieko, is a current All Black.
He is a core member of the Blues in Investec Super Rugby, playing every game for the last two seasons. The dynamic loose forward was also a standout for his provincial side Auckland during last year’s Mitre 10 Cup season, scoring crucial tries and helping to lead the team through to the finals. A seasoned campaigner with the Māori All Blacks, Ioane brings a physical and imposing presence to the loose forward trio combination.
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. He ended that sevens season helping the team winning their 12th World Series title and a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He was also a member of the All Blacks Sevens team that competed at the Rio Olympics.
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