ORIGINALLY FROM AUCKLAND and schooled at King’s College, the exciting Josh Ioane travelled south to Dunedin in 2014 to study and play Premier club rugby for Southern RFC. Ioane made progress in the Otago Academy Development before playing age-grade Otago rugby, as well as for the Samoan Under 20 side.
His composure and running skills caught the eye of the Highlanders coaches, who called him into the Highlanders wider training squad in December 2016 for pre-season training. While he didn’t take the field in 2017, Ioane continued to develop his game and become accustomed to the higher level.
Ioane made his provincial debut for Otago against North Harbour in 2017 and eventual Super Rugby debut in 2018, ending the season with eight appearances. He took his game to another level in 2019 as the first choice 10 for the ‘Landers, ending the regular season with 114 points, including 4 tries, 32 conversions and 10 penalties.
Selector Grant Fox: "He’s got good speed, he distributes the ball well, he’s got a very sound kicking game, he’s inexperienced and we want to get our hands on him to try and help grow him.
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