Ardie Savea rugby player
Ardie Savea rugby player

Ardie Savea

14th Oct 1993 1.88m/102kg Openside Flanker

Ardie Savea plays as a flanker for Wellington in the ITM Cup. Younger brother of All Black winger Julian, the loose forward was a member of the Rongotai College 1st XV , and has also represented New Zealand on the international sevens circuit.

In 2013 Super Rugby season he joined the Hurricanes after signing a two-year deal. Later that year, Savea traveled with the All Blacks to Europe, along with his older brother Julian. This was because All Blacks coach Steve Hansen "wanted to introduce him to the way of the All Black life." Savea joined up with the NZ 7's squad with an eye on Rio Olympics but opted to focus solely on 15's with hopes of earning an All Black cap.

In May 2016, he was one of the players dropped by the Hurricanes following a late night out and breaking the curfew. Regardless of that, he had such an impressive season with the Hurricanes he earned a call up to the All Blacks in June that year and made his first cap against Wales.

In July 2016, the All Blacks and Hurricanes loose forward signed a new two-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes, recommitting through until 2018.

Savea came off the bench in all three of the All Blacks matches against the British and Irish Lions and took his Test cap tally to 22 by the end of 2017 scoring 4 tries.

Savea went into the 2018 Super Rugby competition with 65 caps for the Canes and 16 tries.

In July 2018, he re-committed to New Zealand and the Hurricanes through to the end of the 2019 season.

Savea entered the 2018 Rugby Championship with 25 test caps and made just his 5th start against Argentina in round 3.

Ahead of the 2018 November International, Savea has obtained 31 test caps.

JW Sept 18
ML 19/10/18

Career

hurricanes Hurricanes
Openside Flanker
2013 - present
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Openside Flanker
2013 - present
photo New Zealand
Openside Flanker
2016 - present
nz New Zealand U20's
Openside Flanker
2013 - 2013
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Openside Flanker
2015 - 2015
nz New Zealand 7's
Blindside Flanker
2015 - 2016