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

Apikotoa began his Rugby Union journey after leaving the Melbourne Storm he 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 rapidly 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.

He re-signed with the side for the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup season following an impressive two seasons.