Akira Ioane

Akira Ioane, who was born in Japan, has rugby in his veins with his father Eddie a former Samoan international lock, while mother Sandra played for the Black Ferns. 

As a teenager Ioane was a stand-out for Auckland Grammar and the New Zealand Secondary Schools team before being snapped up by New Zealand Sevens in 2014 making his debut at Wellington. He ended the sevens season helping the team winning their 12th World Series title and a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

He followed that up with selection for the Maori All Blacks. He also caught the eye of Super Rugby coaches and enjoyed a stellar year with the Blues in 2015, appearing regularly in the blue jersey. That year he was also a key player in the New Zealand Under 20 team which won the World Championship title in Italy.

Akira performed strongly for the Blues during the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season and was rewarded with selection in the Maori All Blacks squad to face the British & Irish Lions.

Loose Forward
1.94m, 113kg
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Career Comments

  • Instagram handle: @akiraioane_

    My favourite...
    Rugby ground: Eden Park
    Player (and why): Jerome Kaino, because he is an all-round professional
    Other sports: Waterpolo, touch and athletics

    My best rugby memory was... beating Sacred Heart in 2012

    The biggest influence on my rugby was... my mum and dad

    If I could meet one person, it would be... Kevin Hart because he looks like a funny guy

    I hate it when... People wake me up

    I can't live without... my phone

    If I wasn't a rugby player I would be... a student