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Ioane Fitu "John" Afoa (born 16 September 1983) is a New Zealand professional rugby union player. His position of choice is at prop. Afoa currently plays for Bristol in the Aviva Premiership.

John Afoa
John Afoa 2011.jpg
Birth nameIoane Fitu Afoa
Date of birth (1983-09-16) 16 September 1983 (age 36)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb; 262 lb)
SchoolSt. Kentigern College
Papakura High School
Notable relative(s)James Afoa (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead Prop
All Black No. 1062
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Auckland University Rugby Club ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 1 Apr 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2011 Blues 101 (15)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2011 New Zealand 36 (5)

Personal lifeEdit

Afoa was a student at Auckland's Papakura High School, then St. Kentigern College, where he played first XV rugby alongside fellow All Blacks Joe Rokocoko and Jerome Kaino.[1]

Domestic careerEdit

New ZealandEdit


Afoa played for Auckland between 2002 and 2011.


Afoa played for the Blues and made his debut in 2004 against the Brumbies. He made 101 appearances with the team between 2004 and 2011.



Afoa played for Ulster in the Pro12 from 2011 until 2014.

Gloucester RugbyEdit

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.[2][3]

Bristol RugbyEdit

On 20 January 2018, it was confirmed that Afoa would leave Gloucester to join local rivals Bristol ahead of the 2018-19 season.[4]

International careerEdit

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.[1] 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.

Afoa's test career ended after the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He played 36 tests, 30 as a substitute.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Palenski, Ron (2014). The All Blackography: The indispensable guide to every All Black. Auckland, New Zealand: Upstart Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-1-927262-16-0.
  2. ^ "All-Black tight-head prop John Afoa joins Gloucester". ESPN scrum. 6 December 2013.
  3. ^ "John Afoa's lucrative deal". ESPN scrum. 9 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Gloucester Rugby star's move to Bristol confirmed". Gloucestershire Live. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.

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