Ardie Savea commits to New Zealand and Hurricanes

Ardie Savea has played 35 Tests for New Zealand
Ardie Savea has played 35 Tests for New Zealand
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Hurricanes back-row Ardie Savea has committed his future to New Zealand Rugby and the Super Rugby club after signing a new deal until 2021.

A number of All Blacks players including Ben Smith have already confirmed their switch to overseas club post 2019 World Cup which Savea admitted was a temptation but at the end opted out against it.

“Thank you to the fans for the on going support. Can’t wait to get stuck in to 2019 with my Canes brothers,” he said.

Savea made his professional rugby debut with Wellington and made strides in Super Rugby for Hurricanes a year later. His debut for New Zealand came in June 2016 and has gone on to become an integral part of the All Blacks side since then.

Overall, he has played in 35 Tests for the New Zealand side with his last appearance coming during the November series this year.

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree was pleased with Savea's decision to remain in New Zealand.

“While Ardie is only 25 he has played a lot of Super Rugby and is a natural leader within our squad and in our club,” he said.

“We’ve all seen the great form he has been in, especially near the end of the international season, and the discussions I’ve had with Ardie since he has been back have made it clear he wants to maintain that with the Hurricanes.”

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