Joe Apikotoa joined the Gallagher Chiefs squad as a replacement player during the squads pre-season campaign.

Apikotoa made his Gallagher Chiefs debut in 2021 against the Hurricanes and has since played 5 games.

Apikotoa began his Rugby Union journey after leaving the Melbourne Storm, and joined Hutt Old Boys Marist in New Zealand instead.

Stints at blindside flanker and No 8 underlined his versatility but it's at prop where Apikotoa was introduced by Wellington in 2015.

He became a regular in the Wellington Mitre 10 Cup squad.

Apikotoa made the switch to the Hawke's Bay Magpies for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season.

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