Julian Savea

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Julian Savea
New Zealand vs Namibia 2015 RWC (5).jpg
Nickname Julz,The Bus
Date of birth (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 107 kg (236 lb; 16 st 12 lb)
School Rongotai College
Notable relative(s) Ardie Savea (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
New Zealand No. 1111
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
2009– Oriental Rongotai
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2010– Wellington 22 (40)
Correct as of 26 October 2013
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2011– Hurricanes 88 (195)39t
Correct as of 6 August 2016
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2012– New Zealand 52 (225)45t
Correct as of 27 November 2016
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team   Comps
2009 New Zealand 5

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",[1] a moniker bestowed by under-20s coach Dave Rennie.[2] He was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team, and was the highest try scorer of the tournament, with 8 tries.

Early career[edit]

Savea attended Rongotai College in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2008, Savea made the New Zealand secondary schools team and the Hurricanes academy squad.[3] 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.[4] He scored 8 tries in the tournament which New Zealand won and was named IRB Junior Player of the year.[5] Savea was rewarded for his good form by being picked in the 2010 Wellington Lions squad to play in the 2010 ITM Cup.[6] In 2010 Savea was touted as 'the next Jonah Lomu'.[7]

Domestic career[edit]


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.

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]

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.[8][9] 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. 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.[9]

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[10] 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.

International tries[edit]

Try Opponent Location Venue Competition Date Result
1, 2, 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, 6  Argentina La Plata, Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Rugby Championship 29 September 2012 Won
7, 8  Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 11 November 2012 Won
9, 10  Italy Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico End-of-year rugby test series 17 November 2012 Won
11, 12  England London, England Twickenham Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 1 December 2012 Lost
13  France Christchurch, 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, 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, 22, 23  England Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Mid-year rugby test series 21 June 2014 Won
24  Australia Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Rugby Championship 23 August 2014 Won
25, 26  Argentina Napier, New Zealand McLean Park Rugby Championship 6 September 2014 Won
27  Argentina La Plata, Argentina Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Rugby Championship 27 September 2014 Won
28, 29  United States Chicago, USA Soldier Field End-of-year rugby test series 2 November 2014 Won
30  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium End-of-year rugby test series 23 November 2014 Won
31, 32  Namibia London, England Olympic Park 2015 Rugby World Cup 24 September 2015 Won
33, 34, 35  Georgia Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 2 October 2015 Won
36, 37, 38  France Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 17 October 2015 Won
39  Wales Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park Mid-year rugby test series 11 June 2016 Won
40  Australia Sydney, Australia ANZ Stadium Rugby Championship 20 August 2016 Won
41  Australia Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium Rugby Championship 27 August 2016 Won
42  Argentina Hamilton, New Zealand Waikato Stadium Rugby Championship 10 September 2016 Won
43  South Africa Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium Rugby Championship 17 September 2016 Won
44, 45  Australia Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park End-of-year rugby test series 22 October 2016 Won

New Zealand U20[edit]

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[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.[11] His younger brother Ardie is also a Hurricanes and All Blacks player.[12]

In April 2013 Savea was charged over a domestic violence incident involving his partner.[13] The charges were later withdrawn after Savea completed police diversion.[14] Savea had previously appeared on posters for an anti-domestic violence campaign, 'It's Not OK'.[15]

In December 2015, Savea married his girlfriend of 3 years, Fatima.[16][17]


  1. ^ "What's in a name? Physicist proves Savea may actually hit like a bus". ESPN. 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Kayes, Jim (9 June 2012). "Sensational Savea worth persisting with". 3 News. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rongotai star raring to go". Dominion Post. stuff.co.nz. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ngatai, Savea headline NZ U-20 team". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. NZPA. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. ^ International Rugby Board. IRB. Retrieved on 23 December 2010.
  6. ^ Millmow, Jonathan (21 July 2010). "So'oialo the captain but who'll be coach?". Dominion Post. Fairfax. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Beynon, Huw (28 May 2010). "Lomu-like Savea to spearhead NZ under-20s". MediaWorks. Retrieved 8 October 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ Hinton, Mark (9 June 2012). "Savea stars in All Black romp against Ireland". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Robson, Toby (11 June 2012). "Young guns at home in All Blacks side". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Two All Blacks nominated for world player of the year". The New Zealand Herald. 31 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Robson, Toby (6 June 2012). "Julian Savea's struggles have been his making". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Savea Signs Super Rugby" (Press release). Hurricanes. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tearful Savea apologises". 3 News NZ. 21 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Julian Savea's assault charge withdrawn". The Dominion Post. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Savea bailed over domestic violence". 3 News NZ. 22 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Savea makes it 'officially official'". Stuff. Retrieved 2016-11-06. after having an Islamic wedding ceremony back in August. 
  17. ^ "Inside the private life of Julian Savea". The New Zealand Herald. 6 November 2016. 

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