The experienced loose forward’s first home game in the role on February 27 will double as his 100th cap for the franchise.
Savea says he is honoured to have the opportunity to lead.
“This is getting out of my comfort zone, but I feel like this is a time to step up and I’ve got a lot of great leaders beside me, as well as Colesy, who I’ve been observing. He’s a man of action, which is what I’m big on too.”
“I’m also big on connection and family, which are part of our values. We’ve got great leaders who can lead on and off the field, so for me, it’s about bringing each individual’s strengths out.”
Savea’s illustrious rugby career spans his entire twenties. Debuting against the Waratahs in 2013, the 27-year-old has been a solid feature for the All Blacks since 2016, and was part of the Hurricanes outfit which won the Super Rugby title.
Head coach, Jason Holland, says Savea is a fantastic talent.
“Ardie has been an integral part of our club for a long time and has the complete respect of everyone.”
“He has played a major part in leading this team in his own way for the last few years and the boys will be desperate to follow him in the way they have followed Colesy and TJ in recent years.”