Rieko Ioane

Fans dump All Blacks duo out of race to be crowned world's best wing

Punters worldwide have hit the polls on RugbyPass’ Facebook and Instagram accounts as part of the initiative to decide the world’s best players in each position, as voted by the fans.

Two instalments of the series have already passed, with England second rower Maro Itoje dispatching South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth for the lock title, while World Rugby player of the year Pieter-Steph du Toit pipped All Blacks star Ardie Savea in the flanker vote.

Blues' Rieko Ioane to miss several weeks with injury

The All Blacks wing impressed with two tries in the 37-29 loss to the Chiefs on Friday, but is now expected to be out of action for several weeks.

The news will be a bitter pill to swallow for the 22-year-old, who looked to have rediscovered some of the dazzling form that eluded him through a challenging 2019 season.

News of the injury comes just days after reports of raucous parties at Ioane's Auckland home, where he and brother Akira Ioane - also a member of the Blues squad - were allegedly at the centre of noise complaints. 

Rieko Ioane to stay on the wing for the Blues

Ioane became the All Blacks' first-choice winger after he supplanted Julian Savea ahead of last year's British and Irish Lions series and has amassed 22 tries in 21 tests.

Injuries to the Blues' playing stocks this season, however, forced Umaga to select him in the midfield for several games.

While the 21-year-old said several times over the last two years that he saw his long-term future in the midfield and that he "enjoyed everything about centre", Umaga said that he would remain on the wing next season.

All Blacks near full strength for Boks

Coach Steve Hansen has made nine personnel changes and a positional switch to his experimental starting team that saw off Argentina 46-24 in Nelson.

A fourth bonus point win from four matches would guarantee a third straight Rugby Championship crown for the world champions with two rounds of matches still to play.

Few would bet against it given the Springboks are coming off successive losses on the road and haven't won in New Zealand for nine years.

It hasn't stopped Hansen naming close to his strongest available team.

Lomu, Cullen, Umaga all in one

Talk about a destructive force! Comparisons don't come much bigger than those being dished out by Doug Howlett, the wonder-wing who scored a record 49 tries in 62 tests for the All Blacks.

Ioane has just been named World Rugby's breakthrough player of the year following a stunning season where he has taken his try count to 11 from just 13 tests and looked a force in every match he has played.

"He has elements of all great All Black wingers," Howlett told the BBC's weekly rugby podcast on Wednesday.

Ioane out of final ABs test

Another day, another injury blows for the All Blacks as they stagger towards their 2017 finish-line.

Steve Hansen's battered team will have to play their final test of 2017 without their standout performer of the season, with star wing Rieko Ioane ruled out of Saturday's clash against Warren Gatland's Wales.

Rieko Ioane up for major award

The All Blacks' find of the year looks odds-on to scoop a major global award to go with his newfound status as the premier wing in New Zealand rugby.

Auckland sensation Rieko Ioane has been nominated as one of three finalists for World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year award, alongside Argentina's Emiliano Boffelli and France's Damian Penaud.

Ioane out for two weeks

Ioane suffered the injury in the 21st minute of the match with the scores tied at 7-7 and was taken from the pitch, but was able to return nine minutes later and see out the match.

However, on Sunday it was confirmed that the 20-year-old would miss some time. 

UPDATE: @rieko_ioane dislocated his finger in last night's #AUSvNZL Test. Steve Hansen says he'll be out for two weeks.

The injury will see Ioane miss the All Blacks' clash against the Barbarians in London on November 5 (NZ time), with the touring squad set to be named on Monday.

Ioane and Naholo dropped for Lions decider

Speedsters Rieko Ioane and Waisake Naholo are out, and Israel Dagg has been shifted from fullback to the right wing.

They'll meet an unchanged Lions starting line-up and bench - with captain Sam Warburton again leading the 23 who won the second test - as coach Warren Gatland sticks to his winning formula.

 It's the first time since 1992 that the Lions have kept the same starting 23 for consecutive tests.

Jordie Barrett is thrown into a pressure-cooker role at fullback in what will be the 20-year old's first Test start.