Wellington – Rising stars the Ioane brothers have committed
their services to the All Blacks and Blues on long-term deals, New Zealand
Rugby (NZR) said on Friday.
Winger Rieko, 21, signed until the end of the 2022 season,
while loose forward Akira’s contract runs until the end of 2021, it said.
Rieko is the current World Rugby breakthrough player of the
year and has scored 18 tries in as many Tests since his All Blacks debut in
Akira, 23, is yet to earn his first Test cap but played for
the All Blacks against a French XV in Lyon last year.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Akira was “an
immense talent” and Reiko was already accomplished on the international
“With his growing maturity and growth in his game
understanding, I’m sure we’ll see his game go to even greater heights,”
The siblings’ contracts will see both remain with their
hometown Super Rugby club Blues.