Ihaia West (born 16 January 1992) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays for La Rochelle in the Top 14 in France. Prior to this he was with Hawke's Bay in the ITM Cup as well as playing for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby. West played at under-20 level for New Zealand.

Ihaia West
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Birth nameIhaia Thomas West
Date of birth (1992-01-16) 16 January 1992 (age 28)
Place of birthHavelock North, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
SchoolNapier Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth
Current team La Rochelle
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Hawke's Bay
La Rochelle
Correct as of 20 July 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New Zealand U20
Maori All Blacks
Correct as of 30 November 2017


West made his provincial debut for Hawke's Bay in 2012.[citation needed]

In 2013, he was named as the sole First Five-Eighth in the Maori All Blacks squad for their tour to North America.[1]

At the start of 2014, West was called into the Chiefs squad as injury cover,[2] but was never included in a matchday squad for the Hamilton-based side.

In April 2014, West was called into the Blues squad, as injury replacement for Baden Kerr who was ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 Super Rugby season.[3]

On 2 May 2014 West had his debut Super Rugby match for the Blues against the Queensland Reds at Eden Park where he scored a try.[4]

On 7 June 2017, West wrote his name into history by scoring the match winning try against the touring British and Irish Lions at Eden Park, with 6 minutes remaining. He added the conversion to push his side to a 22 - 16 final scoreline in what was the first Lions defeat on tour.




  1. ^ "Maori All Blacks squad for North America Tour named" (Press release). All Blacks. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Ihaia West called into Chiefs squad, Super Rugby 2014". 3 News. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Ihaia West called into Blues squad" (Press release). Blues. 14 April 2014. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Super Smashing: Auckland Blues hammer sorry Queensland Reds". www.sportal.co.nz. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Classement des réalisateurs Saison 2018/19". sports.fr. Retrieved 15 June 2019.

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