Rieko Ioane

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.