The first five-eighth turned midfielder donned the New Zealand Barbarian’s jersey in 2016, following an impressive campaign with the Chiefs Under 18’s side and captained Hamilton Boys first XV to victory in the Chiefs Cup.

In 2017 Poihipi was named in the New Zealand Under 20’s squad, before making his debut for the Crusaders against the French Barbarians and later debuting for Canterbury in the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup.

After spending time with Clayton McMillan in the Māori All Blacks, Poihipi returned north to join the Gallagher Chiefs in 2021 to debut against the Hurricanes.

During the 2023 season, Poihipi scored the fastest try in Super Rugby history when he crossed the line just nine seconds after kick-off against Moana Pasifika.

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