The New Zealand Rugby Federation confirmed on Wednesday the contract extension until the end of 2023 for Rieko Ioane, which follows that announced for Sevu Reece until 2024.
The All Blacks cement the contracts of their stars ahead of the World Cup. After announcing last week that 25-year-old winger Sevu Reece had extended his contract for the next two years amid growing interest from clubs, particularly in Europe, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZR) has ended to the suspense concerning Rieko Ioane. In effect, the 25-year-old winger or center, who has worn the All Blacks jersey 50 times, has signed up for 2023 and will therefore be eligible for a place in the list for the 2023 World Cup, which will see the New Zealand selection face the XV of France in the opening match. However, as Beauden Barrett has notably been able to do in the past, Rieko Ioane benefits from a clause which will allow him to evolve in the Japanese championship without losing his eligibility for the All Blacks.
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R.Ioane: “Delighted to sign until 2023”
Apart from the national selection, the native of Auckland will participate in the Super Rugby Pacific with the Blues and will wear the colors of Auckland in the championship of the provinces. ” I’m really excited to sign until 2023, Rieko Ioane said in a statement. My career with the Blues has been exceptional, as has the turnaround we’ve had. I look forward to continuing to build on these foundations. With the All Blacks, I feel like we started something special. I can’t wait to take part in a tour in the Northern Hemisphere which promises to be huge and to do everything possible to be in good shape next year. All Blacks coach Ian Foster made no secret of his satisfaction at being able to count on Rieko Ioane for the World Cup, highlighting the fact that he is ” a young man with enormous international experience and hopes to see it last.