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Vince Aso

Vince Aso
Full nameVincent Tavae Aso
Date of birth (1995-01-05) 5 January 1995 (age 25)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
SchoolSt. Peter's College
Notable relative(s)Akira Ioane (cousin)
Rieko Ioane (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
Current team Hurricanes, Wellington
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013-2017 Auckland 38 (75)
2016- Hurricanes 51 (110)
2019- Wellington 11 (25)
Correct as of 6 June 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014-2015 New Zealand U20 11 (25)
2017 Barbarian F.C. 2 (0)
Correct as of 6 June 2020

Vince Aso (born 5 January 1995) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a midfield back for Wellington in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Hurricanes in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early career

Born and raised in Auckland, Aso attended St Peter's College in his hometown where he played first XV rugby. After finishing high school, he began playing for Ponsonby in the Gallaher Shield, Auckland's Premier club rugby competition. He also started working his way towards a Bachelor of Human Studies degree at the Victoria University of Wellington while supplementing his earnings with a part-time job as a builder.[1]

Senior career

Aso debuted for Auckland during the 2013 ITM Cup and racked up 4 tries in 7 appearances despite being aged just 18. He found opportunities harder to come by in 2014 especially in his preferred position in the midfield, playing only 3 times and scoring a solitary try. However, he was back in favour in 2015, featuring 8 times as Auckland reached the ITM Cup Premiership final before losing 25-23 to Canterbury. 2016 was not such a good season for the blue and whites as they ended up in 5th place on the Premiership log which saw them miss out on the playoffs, Aso started all 10 games for them during the year and helped himself to 2 tries.[4]

Super Rugby

Aged just 20 and with only 10 provincial games under his belt, Aso was named in the Hurricanes squad for the 2015 Super Rugby season.[6][7] Having worked with 'Canes head-coach Chris Boyd before at New Zealand Under-20 level, Aso arrived in New Zealand's capital highly-rated, but lacking in experience, therefore it was perhaps no surprise that despite making the replacements bench several times during the year, he was unable to get on the park at any point to make his Super Rugby debut.

He did make the breakthrough in 2016, debuting in Conrad Smith's old number 13 jersey in the week 1, 52-10 hammering away to the Brumbies. Things would pick up considerably for the Hurricanes as the season progressed and they went on to finish the year as Super Rugby champions following a 20-3 victory over the Lions in the final. Aso struck up a fine midfield partnership with both Ngani Laumape and Willis Halaholo and scored 2 tries in 16 appearances during his first season as a regular in the Hurricanes starting XV.[4]

International

Aso was a New Zealand Schools representative in 2012 and later went on to be a member of the New Zealand Under-20 sides which competed in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship and 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship. After finishing 3rd in the 2014 edition, Aso's stunning solo effort helped propel them to a 21-16 victory over England in the final of the 2015 tournament which was held in Italy.[8][9][10][11]

Career Honours

New Zealand Under-20

Hurricanes

Super Rugby Statistics

As of 24 January 2017[4]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2015 Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Hurricanes 16 11 5 883 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Total 16 11 5 883 2 0 0 0 10 0 0

References

  1. ^ a b "Vince Aso Hurricanes Player Profile". Hurricanes Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Vince Aso Auckland Player Profile". Auckland Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Hurricanes 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Vince Aso itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Vince Aso ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Move to Taranaki pays off for Iopu-Aso". Rugby Heaven. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Boyd confident Vince Aso ready for step up". Rugby Heaven. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Vince Aso New Zealand Under 20 Player Profile". All Blacks.com. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "NZSchools team named for internationals". All Blacks.com. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "NZU20 squad named for IRB JWC2014". All Blacks.com. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "NZ Under 20 squad named for World Champs in Italy". All Blacks.com. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 2017.

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