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.
— The Blues (@BluesRugbyTeam) August 30, 2021
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.
Additional source: stuff.co.nz