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RIEKO IOANE'S outstanding pace and strength caught the eyes of the All Blacks selectors in 2016 who selected him for the Northern Tour in November.
He became the eighth youngest All Blacks Test debutant when he came off the bench against Italy on that Tour at the age of 19 years and 239 days.
Fast forward to today, and Ioane has taken his game to another level, scoring 22 tries in his 24 Tests to date. He already features on the All Blacks current squad top ten Test try scorers and point scorers, and was named Breakthrough Player of the Year at the 2017 World Rugby Awards.
Hailing from Auckland Grammar, Ioane came to national attention when he captained New Zealand Schools in 2014.
The speedster made his All Blacks Sevens debut as a 17 year old in 2015 and also represented New Zealand at the Rio Olympics.
The Ioanes are a talented rugby family. Like Rieko, older brother Akira has also been an age grade, All Blacks Sevens and Māori All Blacks star; father Eddie played for Samoa at the 1991 RWC and mum Sandra played for the Black Ferns.
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