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Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea formally joins the All Blacks for the first time after being included in the touring party as an apprentice on the 2013 end of year tour. Since that opportunity, the young loose forward has continued to develop his speed and athleticism at both provincial and Investec Super Rugby level and has a spectacular all-round game with plenty of spark.

The Hurricanes have had high expectations of him in 2016, naming him for 10 matches in a row during Super Rugby.
Savea has been given plenty of leadership responsibility as well, with captaincy of Wellington and of the New Zealand Schools team to his credit. His career in black has also included New Zealand Under 20 and All Blacks Sevens.

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
1.90m, 89kgs
Test Debut:
V Wales in Auckland 11 June 2016
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial 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

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

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 (+)