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Afoa during the New Zealand Christchurch visit, September 2011
|Full name||Ioane Fitu Afoa|
|Date of birth||(1983-10-16) 16 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||121 kg (267 lb; 19 st 1 lb)|
|School||St. Kentigern College|
|Rugby union career|
Afoa played for Auckland between 2002 and 2011.
On 6 December 2013, Afoa officially joined Gloucester Rugby in the English Aviva Premiership on a four-year contract worth £400,000 per season. This made him one of the highest-paid players in the Premiership and the third highest-paid player in European rugby.
Afoa has moved through a number of international representative sides. In 1999, Afoa made the New Zealand U16 team, the youngest national representative team. Through 2000 and 2001, Afoa had played in the more senior New Zealand Schools' side. Moving steadily through the age grades, he was a member of the New Zealand under-19 teams of 2002 and 2003.
In both 2003 and 2004, Afoa was part of the New Zealand Under 21 Rugby World Championship team. The New Zealanders won the tournament both years. In 2003 Afoa was one of four kiwis named in the IRB's team of the tournament.
In 2005 Afoa was selected for the All Blacks Tri-nations squad. Despite this, he never took the field in that competition and didn't earn his first test cap until the end-of-year tour. In November 2005, Afoa finally became the All Black number 1062 when he started against Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
In 2010, Afoa was experimented to be used at hooker. The same year against Wales, Afoa scored his first test try showing some great running for a prop with a 30-meter dash to the try line.
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