Julian Savea

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Julian Savea
Full name Sio Julian Savea
Date of birth (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 108 kg (238 lb)
Notable relative(s) Ardie Savea (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
New Zealand No. 1111
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010– Wellington 22 (40)8t
correct as of 26 October 2013.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011– Hurricanes 54 (120)24t
correct as of 2 June 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012– New Zealand 22 (115)23t
correct as of 21 June 2014.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2009 New Zealand 5

Julian Savea (born 7 August 1990) is a New Zealand Rugby Union Player who currently plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, New Zealand internationally, and the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. He has also represented New Zealand at sevens and at under-20 level. He plays on the wing.

Early career[edit]

Savea went to Rongotai College in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2008, Savea made the New Zealand secondary schools team and the Hurricanes academy squad.[1] In 2009, Savea debuted for the New Zealand sevens at the 2009 Adelaide Sevens. In 2010, Savea was selected for the New Zealand U-20 team to play at the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.[2] He scored 8 tries in the tournament which New Zealand won and was named IRB Junior Player of the year.[3] Savea was rewarded for his good form by being picked in the 2010 Wellington Lions squad to play in the 2010 ITM Cup.[4] In 2010 Savea was touted as 'the next Jonah Lomu'.[5]

Domestic career[edit]

Hurricanes[edit]

In 2012, Savea is playing in just his second season for the Hurricanes. While he had a quiet 2011 season, his recent form and growing confidence, particularly illustrated in games against the Cheetahs and his barnstorming winning try against the Highlanders has deservedly earned him a callup by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen into the All Blacks for the three test series with Ireland. Critics have recently compared Savea favourably with Jonah Lomu, particularly with regard to his ability to break the tackle and his speed on the field.

Wellington Lions[edit]

He marked his first-class debut in July 2010 with a length of the field runaway try that clinched an ITM Cup pre-season win for the Wellington Lions over Canterbury. He started on the right wing in 12 of 14 ITM Cup games, scoring a further eight tries including a try on championship debut against Tasman and two more the following week against Otago.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

All Blacks[edit]

On 9 June 2012, Savea scored three tries on his debut for the All Blacks against Ireland in the first test at Eden Park.[6][7] He is the first All Black to score three tries against Ireland in a test match,[citation needed] and just the fourth to score three tries on his All Black test debut.[7]

International Tries[edit]

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Ireland Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Mid-year rugby test series 9 June 2012 Won
2  Ireland Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Mid-year rugby test series 9 June 2012 Won
3  Ireland Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Mid-year rugby test series 9 June 2012 Won
4  Argentina Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Rugby Championship 8 September 2012 Won
5  Argentina La Plata, Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Rugby Championship 29 September 2012 Won
6  Argentina La Plata, Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Rugby Championship 29 September 2012 Won
7  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 11 November 2012 Won
8  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 11 November 2012 Won
9  Italy Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico End-of-year rugby test series 17 November 2012 Won
10  Italy Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico End-of-year rugby test series 17 November 2012 Won
11  England London, England Twickenham Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 1 December 2012 Lost
12  England London, England Twickenham Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 1 December 2012 Lost
13  France Addington, New Zealand AMI Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 15 June 2013 Won
14  Argentina Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Rugby Championship 7 September 2013 Won
15  Argentina La Plata, Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Rugby Championship 29 September 2013 Won
16  Australia Dunedin, New Zealand Forsyth Barr Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 19 October 2013 Won
17  England London, England Twickenham Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 16 November 2013 Won
18  England London, England Twickenham Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 16 November 2013 Won
19  Ireland Dublin, Ireland Aviva Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 24 November 2013 Won
20  England Dunedin, New Zealand Forsyth Barr Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 14 June 2014 Won
21  England Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 21 June 2014 Won
22  England Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 21 June 2014 Won
23  England Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 21 June 2014 Won

New Zealand U20[edit]

Julian Savea was named the 2010 IRB Junior Player of the Year. Savea was the star of the IRB World U20 tournament, scoring eight memorable tries in three games, He scored four tries in one match against Samoa and two each against Wales and South Africa. Savea featured on the right wing for New Zealand in the 2010 World U20 tournament.

New Zealand Sevens[edit]

Savea debuted for the New Zealand Sevens team at the 2009 Dubai Sevens and went on to play in the Sevens tournaments at Hong Kong, Adelaide, London and Scotland.

Personal life[edit]

Savea is of Samoan descent.[8] His younger brother Ardie is also a Hurricanes player.[9]

Arrest[edit]

In April 2013 Savea was arrested and charged over a domestic violence incident involving his partner.[10] Savea had previously appeared on posters for an anti-domestic violence campaign, 'It's Not OK'.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rongotai star raring to go". Dominion Post. Fairfax. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ngatai, Savea headline NZ U-20 team". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. NZPA. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ International Rugby Board. IRB. Retrieved on 2010-12-23.
  4. ^ Millmow, Jonathan (21 July 2010). "So'oialo the captain but who'll be coach?". Dominion Post. Fairfax. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Beynon, Huw (28 May 2010). "Lomu-like Savea to spearhead NZ under-20s". 3 News. MediaWorks. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Hinton, Mark (9 June 2012). "Savea stars in All Black romp against Ireland". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Robson, Toby (11 June 2012). "Young guns at home in All Blacks side". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Robson, Toby (6 June 2012). "Julian Savea's struggles have been his making". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Savea Signs Super Rugby" (Press release). Hurricanes. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tearful Savea apologises". 3 News NZ. 21 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Savea bailed over domestic violence". 3 News NZ. 22 April 2013. 

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