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Highlanders release All Black from contract

NEWS: All Blacks flyhalf Josh Ioane is no longer a Highlanders player.


The Super franchise confirmed on social media that the 26-year-old will not be seeing out the last year of his contract.

“The Highlanders have today [Monday] released Josh Ioane from the last year of his contract to enable him to explore other opportunities,” said a Tweet from the franchise.

“As a club, we wish him well in the future!”

The news comes on a day when the new 12-team Super Rugby Pacific tournament was confirmed.

Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika will join the best Australian and New Zealand rugby sides in the new-look competition from 2022.

In one of the graphics used to promote Super Rugby Pacific, Ioane can be seen a Moana Pasifika strip from last December.


Ioane represented the team in a match against the Maori All Blacks in Hamilton.

Ioane’s only Test for the All Blacks came against Tonga in 2019.

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