Massey High School graduate, Lio-Willie received both a Performance Scholarship as well as a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Originally hailing from Auckland, he moved to Dunedin in 2016 to undertake a dentistry degree.
After completing his dentistry degree, he joined Otago for the 2021 NPC season and represented the Highlanders in Super Rugby in 2022.
The dynamic loose forward, who can play both 6 and 8, joined the Crusaders from the Highlanders ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby season.
He has impressed early on in his professional career with his ability on both sides of the ball - showing physicality on defence, winning collisions at the breakdown and powerful ball carries on attack.
Christian Lio-Willie has committed to the Crusaders for the 2023 & 2024 seasons
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