Lio played 32 Test matches for Samoa including the Rugby World Cups in 1991, 1995 and 1999. He was named Pacific Island Player of the Tournament in 1995.
A tough, versatile forward who played in both the second and back row, Lio also represented the Highlanders and Hurricanes in Super Rugby and also played professional rugby in France and Japan.
He has been involved in coaching in various capacities around the world since 1995 and brings a huge amount of experience to The Foreshore. Now working as a personal trainer in Perth, Lio has also excelled at boxing, going undefeated in 10 heavyweight professional boxing bouts in New Zealand.
Neddies President Pete Malcolm said he was delighted to have someone of Lio’s vast experience and enthusiasm to take over as coach of the Colts from the retiring pair of Phil Oddie and Luke Powell, who leave on a high note after guiding Neddies to a Colts Premiership in 2015.
“At Neddies, our number one priority is to develop our Colts into Premier Grade players and this has paid great dividends in recent years, with our Colts winning the Premiership in 2015 after coming a close second in 2014. This season, seven of our Colts got to play in our Premier Grade team, which also took out the Premiership.”
“Lio joins an outstanding coaching and skills development team at Neddies headed by Luke Doherty and Tom Fearn and his appointment underlines the importance we place on the development of our Colts.”
“We look forward to another great season at The Foreshore in 2016.”