A spectacular length-of-the field try for London Irish against London Scottish at the Richmond Athletic Ground in October 2017 announced Joe’s arrival on the scene not only to the crowd but also to the television audience watching the Greene King IPA Championship game live.
Having begun his career at London Irish, he joined Bath for the 2018/19 season.
Joe began playing the game seriously from the age of 13 initially having preferred football. He was born in Fiji and moved to England at the age of three because his father Ilaitia was in the British Army. He also lived in Germany and Brunei before returning to the UK in 2013, eventually joining London Irish's academy.
He said: “My dad played for the Army vets and I managed line up alongside him in a midfield partnership when we were in Brunei. I started senior rugby with Old Merchant Taylors’ when I was 16 but playing in the A-League for London Irish was definitely a step up.
“Nick Kennedy and the other coaches at the club have told me to back myself and play my own game. I’ve got some good mentors there in Topsy Ojo, Aseli Tikoirotuma and Alex Lewington but my biggest ones are probably Nick (Kennedy) and Paul Hodgson.”
He played four times for England U18 in 2016 before celebrating his debut for the U20 team with one of their nine tries in the 59-17 win over France at Exeter in February 2017 and appeared in every match along the way to England’s first Grand Slam at this level since 2011.
He toured Argentina with England seniors in the summer of 2017, but had to wait until November 2018 for his international debut making an immediate impact and scoring tries against Japan and Australia.
10 points - 2 T
2018: JPN, A
5 points – 1T
2017 F, W, It, S, I
2016 F, W SA Tour – SA (A), SA
Last updated: 16 January 2019