'Don't run from the competition' - All Blacks star Rieko Ioane weighs in on St Kents' 1st XV boycott

All Blacks star winger Rieko Ioane has weighed in on the ugly war between top Auckland rugby schools amid allegations of player poaching.

A coalition of Auckland schools have boycotted matches in 2019 against St Kentigern, alleging the school's rugby programme of poaching top players from outside of the Auckland region.

Read more: 'We're not really prepared to put up with that' - Auckland colleges boycott St Kents 1st XV over allegations of player poaching

Ioane, 21, took to social media, hinting to the angered Auckland schools to allow St Kents to play in the Auckland 1A competition.

"I've seen it all now, just because they recruit doesn't mean you pull the plug," Ioane wrote on Instagram.

"Don't run from the competition, if you wanna be the best, you beat the best.

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    A coalition of Auckland schools have boycotted playing St Kentigern College in 2019. Source: 1 NEWS

    "St Kents make first XV competition harder, but it makes it better when you beat them."

    Ioane was part of the Auckland Grammar 1st XV team that defeated St Kentigern College in the Auckland 1A final, 31-26 in 2014.

    He teased some his Blues teammates - Sam Nock and Dalton Papali'i - as well as Chiefs flyer Etene Nanai-Seturo, by tagging them in his post.

    The young winger is on course to eclipse Doug Howlett's all-time record.
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    All three players played for St Kentigern College's 1st XV.

    St Kents right wing Harry Marks is tackled by Auckland Grammar centre Rieko Ioane in the Auckland Grammar School & St. Kentigern College 1st XV rugby final at Eden Park on Saturday 24th August 2013. Photo: Jason Oxenham /
    Rieko Ioane in action for Auckland Grammar's 1st XV against St Kentigern.

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