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|Date of birth||7 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||107 kg (236 lb; 16 st 12 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Ardie Savea (brother)|
|Rugby union career|
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Julian Savea (born 7 August 1990) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He currently plays for the All Blacks (the New Zealand national team), the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and the Wellington Lions in the mitre 10 cup. He has also represented New Zealand at sevens and at under-20 level. His position of choice is wing. Savea is nicknamed "The Bus", a moniker bestowed by under-20s coach Dave Rennie. He was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team, and was the highest try scorer of the tournament, with 8 tries.
Savea attended Rongotai College in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2008, Savea made the New Zealand secondary schools team and the Hurricanes academy squad. 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. He scored 8 tries in the tournament which New Zealand won and was named IRB Junior Player of the year. Savea was rewarded for his good form by being picked in the 2010 Wellington Lions squad to play in the 2010 ITM Cup. In 2010 Savea was touted as 'the next Jonah Lomu'.
In 2012, Savea played in his second season for the Hurricanes. While he had a quiet 2011 season, his 2012 form earned him a callup into the All Blacks for the three-test series with Ireland.
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.
Savea was named in the 2012 All Black squad, his first season of international rugby.
On 9 June 2012, Savea scored three tries on his debut for the All Blacks against Ireland in the first test at Eden Park. He is the first All Black to score three tries against Ireland in a test match, and just the fourth to score three tries on his All Black test debut. Since his debut, Savea has been one of the most prolific tryscorers in international rugby. In 2014, Savea was nominated for World Rugby's Player of the Year award, which was ultimately won by teammate Brodie Retallick.
Savea was named in the 31-man All Black squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he scored 8 tries across the tournament having played in many games throughout the tournament. Savea's 8 tries saw him equal the record for most tries in a single tournament, previously achieved by Jonah Lomu and South Africa's Bryan Habana. Two of these games played saw Savea score hat-tricks, including a quarter-final game against France. Savea was again nominated for World Rugby's "Player of The Year" award which was won by teammate Dan Carter, and was also the winner of "Try of The Year" for one of his tries against France in the World Cup.
Savea is one of the all-time leading try scorers in World Rugby, currently ranked at 12 as of the Bledisole Cup series against Australia in 2016, where he became the fifth New Zealander to score 40 tries or more in international rugby, becoming the fastest to do so, scoring his 40th try in his 44th match, overtaking former All Black wing Joe Rokocoko who did so in his 46th test match.
Despite continuing to climb up in the record books through 2016, Savea did so seriously out of form. When Waisake Naholo was injury-free he would be selected over Savea as the starting left wing, with Israel Dagg on the right wing. Savea was also benched for the Hurricanes' last 3 matches of the season in the knockout rounds, with Jason Woodward, former All Black Cory Jane and Justin Marshall the team's preferred back three players by the end of the season. Savea continued to start internationally due to injuries to Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder, the latter of whom did not play internationally all year due to a shoulder reconstruction surgery.
New Zealand U20
Julian Savea was named the 2010 IRB Junior Player of the Year. He was the star of the IRB World U20 tournament, scoring eight 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
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.
In April 2013 Savea was charged over a domestic violence incident involving his partner. The charges were later withdrawn after Savea completed police diversion. Savea had previously appeared on posters for an anti-domestic violence campaign, 'It's Not OK'.
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after having an Islamic wedding ceremony back in August.
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