Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea burst onto the national scene in 2012 at just 18 years old when he made his provincial debut for Wellington. He impressed many with a series of electric performances at openside flanker and No. 8 and is blessed with speed and athleticism. Savea made his Super Rugby debut in 2013, then played for New Zealand Under 20 and later that year toured with the All Blacks on their year-end tour as a non-playing apprentice. He finished the year winning the New Zealand Age Grade award. His leadership potential had been apparent for some time - he was head boy at Rongotai College, captained his First XV side, the New Zealand Schools side, and his Wellington provincial side.

Quick notes

* In 2013, Savea won the New Zealand Age Grade Player of the Year Award.
* Ardie is the younger brother of All Blacks winger Julian. When Ardie makes his debut they will be the 44th set of brothers to play for the team.
* Savea was only 18 years old when he made his provincial debut for Wellington against Manawatu in Palmerston North in 2012.

Loose Forward
1.88m, 100kgs
Test Debut:
V Wales in Auckland 11 June 2016
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • New Zealand Under 17 development squad (2010)
    New Zealand Schools (2011)


    Rugby ground:  Westpac Stadium
    Rugby player and why:  Ma’a Nonu
    Food:  Mum’s Chicken Tonight on rice
    Actor/Actress:  Beyonce
    Movie:  Walk to Remember
    Book/Magazine: Women’s Day
    Singer/Band/Music type:  Boyz II Men and Blue
    Holiday destination: Paris
    Non-rugby sports team: LA Lakers
    If you could meet one person, who would it, be and why:  Beyonce
    Earliest rugby memories:  Playing with my family
    I hate it when…. it’s raining and windy
    I can’t live without…. Family and friends
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. A fashion designer or teacher

Test Match record

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11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (+)
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22 (+)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (+)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (+)
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 (+)
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15 (+)
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10 (+)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (+)
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (+)
27 November v France at Paris 24-19 (+)

16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0
23 Jun v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 30-15 (+)
1 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 21-24 (+)
8 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 15-15 (+)
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34 (+)
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (+)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (-)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (+)
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (+)

9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (+)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13 (+)
23 Jun v France at Dunedin 49-14 (-)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13 (+)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12 (+)
8 Sep v Argentina at Nelson 46-24
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36 (+)