July 10, 2024

Josh Ioane signs with Irish club Connacht

Talented Gallagher Chiefs first-five Josh Ioane has signed with Connacht Rugby in Ireland for the 2024/2025 season.

One-test All Black Ioane has played 29 games for the Gallagher Chiefs since joining the club in 2022. He also ran out for the Highlanders 43 times and represented the Māori All Blacks, All Blacks XV and Samoa in U20s.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan said: “It is common practice for players to regularly explore their options, and adding an overseas experience is often high on their bucket list. Josh has reached that stage in his rugby career and we are delighted for him and his family that he will be taking up an opportunity with Connacht.

“Josh has achieved a lot in New Zealand and we are extremely grateful for his time and contribution at the Gallagher Chiefs. He has an incredible skill-set and can light up a game in a way that few others can. We wish him and his whānau all the best on their new adventure.”

Ioane said: "Forever grateful for my time with the Gallagher Chiefs. A big thank you to the fans, the club and my teammates for making it a memorable three seasons. I’m excited for the next chapter with Connacht and looking forward to what’s to come."

Connacht Head Coach Pete Wilkins is thrilled to welcome Ioane next season.

“In Josh, we have secured a player with a wealth of experience and an excellent skill set, that will both excite our supporters and complement our existing backs. We look forward to him joining the squad and helping us push for success next season.”

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Josh Ioane signs with Irish club Connacht