In fairness not many people would think that the older Ioane brother had fallen from any particular heights and was in any need of career resuscitation.
True, it is a bit of a stretch to say he revived his career in 2017, but what he did was significantly adjust the trajectory he was on.
He ended 2016 in not such a great place. The All Blacks had told him, not too gently either, that his attitude was poor, that his work rate sucked and he was a long way o interesting them.
When this season started, Ioane was a bench regular barely playing for the Blues and there was a real danger the season would pass him by and he’d end it as the sort of unfulfilled talent that would shortly shoot o to Europe.
But injury to Jerome Kaino allowed him into the Blues starting team and he was a new player. He worked harder, tackled more, hit more rucks and suddenly started looking much more like the real deal.
He made the New Zealand Maori team to play the Lions and he was called up by the All Blacks as injury cover.
Now he’s on the right path and gets, or at least seems to, that hard work is required to crack the big time.