AROHA SAVAGE is back in the Black Ferns squad after missing the 2019 season.
This experienced, two-time Women’s Rugby World Cup-winning, No 8 brings power and precision to the loose forwards mix.
She ﬁrst cracked ﬁrst-class rugby in 2007 with Auckland at the tender age of 17. At just 20, Savage was called up by the Black Ferns, debuting off the bench in the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup against the Wallaroos, though she had to bide her time behind the likes of Casey Robertson and Linda Itunu. Since then, she has appeared for the team in every year barring 2015 and 2019.
Her hard-nosed play off the back of the scrum, and incredible pace, was on show again in 2017, where she started ﬁve of six games for the Black Ferns at No 8, including the Women’s Rugby World Cup ﬁnal against England. Her last Test appearance came in 2018, and she now has 33 caps, and four tries, to her name.
After a clutch of national provincial titles with the Storm, Savage switched to the Counties Manukau Heat and, in 2016, won a Farah Palmer Cup crown. In 2020, she played out of the Te Rarawa club for the Northland Kauri, scoring twice in six games, including two tries, alternating between No 8 and No 7. She has now played 50 FPC games over her 13-year first-class career.
Savage is a double international, having also represented the Kiwi Ferns in rugby league.
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