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.

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.