Rieko and Akira ink long-term deals with New Zealand Rugby
Thursday, September 20, 2018 allblacks.com
Rieko said he was “hugely excited” to be recommitting to New Zealand.
“I feel incredibly privileged to get the opportunity to play my rugby here for another four years. I want to give it my best shot at serving the black jersey and, hopefully, I’ll get the chance to play at the Rugby World Cup in the future. That’s a huge motivator for me.
“It was obviously tough this year for the Blues, but I feel we’re on the verge of something special and I want to be a part of that journey. Auckland is my home, it’s where I grew up and it’s the city that made me as a rugby player, so I want to do my bit to help it move forward.”
Akira said: “It was important for me to stay in Auckland and at the Blues because it’s my home and I want to help the teams in this city succeed. I also want to keep playing my best rugby and try and make it back into the All Blacks again.
STATCHAT | @rieko_ioane notched up 8?4? running metres against the @Springboks on Saturday night and touched down for 2? tries!#StatChat #NZLvRSA pic.twitter.com/mGc0LajQOX— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 18, 2018“It will also be special sharing the next few years with my brother and representing our family out on the footy field.”
Rieko became the eighth youngest All Blacks Test debutant when he came off the bench against Italy at the age of 19 years and 239 days in November 2016. He has now started 16 of his 18 Tests and scored 18 tries to date, as well as 20 tries in 35 appearances for the Blues.
#ONTHISDAY in 2015, the All Blacks kicked off their @rugbyworldcup campaign with a 26-16 win over Argentina after trailing 12-13 at halftime. The two teams are set for another big clash when they meet in Buenos Aires on 30 September in the Investec Rugby Championship. ???????? pic.twitter.com/m5NnF908nu— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) September 19, 2018
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