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Brycy

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Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 06:23:03

Move over Julian Savea - your little brother is coming though.

The Hurricanes have just signed Wellington loosie Ardie Savea on a two year deal, that will see the 18-year-old play Super Rugby alongside his All Blacks sibling.

Savea junior is over the moon.

"Pretty stoked at the moment, I'm just quite looking forward to what's going to happen in the future, and just being involved in the Hurricanes."

Ardie Savea says Super Rugby will be a big step up from ITM Cup and he will need to improve both mentally and physically.


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 07:27:34

Brycy

I like young talented players coming through - it is essential for future rugby in the world.   Just one question - my memory is a bit foggy about that one - but was he not in the All Black Under 20 team that played in the Junior WC?   I seem to remember that he was and that there was only one forward worth his salt amoungst the forwards - the rest was disgustingly poor.   Was it by any chance Savea? 


All Black NZ

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 07:56:18

Player Profiles - Ardie Savea


 

 


 

Position:

Loose Forward

Born:

14/10/1993

Physical:

1.90m, 89kgs

Test Caps:

0

Test Points:

0

Provincial Team:

Wellington

Ardie Savea


 

Career Comments:

New Zealand Under 17 development squad (2010)
New Zealand Schools (2011)

Favourites:

Rugby ground: Westpac Stadium
Rugby player and why: Ma’a Nonu
Food: Mum’s Chicken Tonight on rice
Actor/Actress: Beyonce
Movie: Walk to Remember
Book/Magazine: Women’s Day
Singer/Band/Music type: Boyz II Men and Blue
Holiday destination: Paris
Non-rugby sports team: LA Lakers
If you could meet one person, who would it, be and why: Beyonce
Earliest rugby memories: Playing with my family
I hate it when…. it’s raining and windy
I can’t live without…. Family and friends
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. A fashion designer or teacher
 


             Wants to play openside for Hurricanes.


 


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 08:03:54

All Black NZ

Thanks for the info - will look out for him in next years Super series.


Chippo

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 08:57:25
  • Beyonce
  • Paris
  • Boys 2 Men
  • A fashion designer
  • Reads Womans Health

Sounds like Savea Jnr has a few secrets in the closet.


Jalapeno!

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 09:01:41
Just what I was thinking. I see his fave book/mag is Womans Day as well!!!


All Black NZ

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 09:04:16

I didn't notice they say it takes 1 to know one.....


Jalapeno!

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 12:14:24

ABNZ, u dont think a guy who reads Womens mags, listens to Boyz2Men and dreams of being a fashion designer sounds a bit gay?


Boklogic

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 12:32:34
  1. Ha ha chippo and jalapeño..that's gold..I also read all that with a cocked eyebrow because its not typical answers from a rugger player..ha ha he is a damn good player though and is carving shit up at itm cup level so it would be good to see if he can do it on a bigger stage...hey if beyonce and women's day float his boat, let him fill his boots...it's working at the moment...every time any sees him pre match with his iPod and looking all serious, just know that it's either beyonce, blue or boys to men ringing through his ears...


Beeno1

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 14:16:24

Brycy I see you say he is a loosie? Surely you mean scrumhalf? - I mean 89 kgs nobody can bulk up that much unless you guys are using drugs. The smallish ab loose forwards are around the 106 kg mark  - part of their problems in the pack they have.

Sorry brycy but 89 kg loose forwards really dont concern us at all.

Yes I am sure it will be a big step up and may cause the young man to reconsider his position as a loose forward and think of scrummie. Physically he will have to toughen for sure. Much brycy like young Goosen 9More so really)who as I have said will still only be under 21 next year but who is expected to be coping with the physical demands of test rugby. Getting a glimmer brycy?

Please ask yor ab fan colleagues in crime to recant of their statements - they can go back and use the edit function and a short word of apology would not be amiss.

 


Sharkbok

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 15:02:05

 A wanna be fashion designer whos role model is Beyonce and wants to go shopping in Paris. The All Black forwards stock must be bare in the cuboard. 

 

Ardie Savea

If he gets to lead the Hucka after Weepu retires, things could get hysterical


Chippo

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 15:21:27

Next thing we'll know...
He'll be offering to do Ma'a Nonu's makeup!
 


Chippo

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 15:22:52

HAHAHA and guess who his favourite rugby player is...

HAHAHAH this is all to much for me!


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 15:49:58

Nobody seems to want to answer my question on the issue of the Junior All Black team that played in the Junior WC.  I think Savea was in fact in the team and stood out as the best forward player in the team.   However, the rest was so disgracefully poor that even a moderate player would stand out like a sore thumb.   Is there anyone that could confirm what the position was?

     


allblacknblue

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 18:59:49

Bloody hell, thats a bit of a worry, no wonder he want to be a loosie, he wants to pilfer ALL the balls! Hope he doesnt have a bit of Hopoate about him.


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 21:01:58

allblackmblue

Welcome to this asylumn.    I am not interested in ALL THE BALLS he may want to pilfer.   I am interested in his ability to play rugby - did he play in the Junior WC for instance?

If he is good enough a player - I will use his pic as my avatar - just to irritate some members.

Who was Hopoate anyway?   Cannot remember a rugby player by that name at all. 


Jalapeno!

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 21:11:25

clevermike, John Hopoate was a Rugby League player who became notorius after he stuck his finger up opposition players asses during games to piss them off. I supose u could say he was the Bean Brain of rugby League. 


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 21:19:54

Thavks Jalap - I am totally igorant about that - thought he might have stuck something else up their asses.

Anyway - LOL about the rest of your comments.


allblacknblue

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 21:33:22

Not sure if he was in the jnr wc side, could google it I guess.

Like somebody else said, he's a bit light to play in the loose forwards but in the same breath he is 6'2 tall, only 18 and an island boy to boot.... So watch this space he will probably bulk up very quickly.


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 21:51:09

allblavknblue

Thanks for the suggestion = googled the guy.   He was not in the Under 20WC.   Quite impressive info though.   Will watch him next year in Super games.   Will then decide on his pic for my avatar.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 23:16:51

@clevermike,

the guy i think ur talking about is jordan tafua who plays for tasman and should be a crusader next year. if u have watched the tasman games, he has been ripping it up big time for tasman and carrying on with his JWC good form.

 

i also wouldnt read too much into that JRC, as NZ wouldnt allow penny to select an spXV players at all, not a few, or some, ZERO and as penny pointed out, there was11 players he would have picked straight away had he been allowed too, but NZRU was adamant that these kids needed some exposure to big games and this IMO is a great move for NZ in the future, but i hope they dont repeat that next time, cos i want to see NZ win everything on every level and the JRC is the only piece missing from NZs trophy cabinet jigsaw.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 23:26:55

IMO it was silly of hammet to sign ardie into the hurricanes, as they have unrivaled depth in the losse forward department
the loose forward trio if everyones fit is going to have the likes of v vito, k lowe, j lam, b shields, s lilo, f levave and now a savea??? o_O
if anyone has been watching the ITM, then theres no surprises that ardie has been signed to a spXV club, hes already the fastest looseforward in the world and has been like a pitbull in the rucks and mauls, cos once hes locked in on the ball, hes been near impossible to move or stop.

im glad that ardie recognises the flaws in his game, cos he does need to beef up a bit, especially playing with the big boys, but i would be very surprised to see ardie get picked for any games, considering the depth the hurricanes already have there.
highlanders or the blues should have signed him up and IMO hammets selection of ardie was more so that others couldnt take him.
 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 10, 2012, 23:30:02

@ben10,

would tell u to stick to facts instead of wild accusations, but we all know better.

IMO as a rational person, i wouldnt just throw the drug cheat label so candidly, especially as he has no record of that what so ever, unlike basson, chiliboy and goosen. and while there were circumstances surrounding all their cases, there was no harcore evidence that completely and exonerated them, only the SARU appointed commisions word that they were innocent.

ambigous as my tone is, i do believe that all three are innocent, i just dont think that SARU did any favours of crediblity by handaling the issues them selves.
 


clevermike

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 11, 2012, 03:44:56

Sasu

Thanks for the info.   As indicated I googled the youngster and found out more about him.   Anyway - I agree with you about the Junior WC selection - SARY basically did the same - the really good Ubder 20's was not allowed to play as well.

However, be it is it may, the Under 20 New Zealand backline was very good - the forwards (other than Tafea) was hopeless.   I identified Tafea then as a potential player of the future - the rest as an absolutely hopeless lot.   Saw some of the Tasman games and remembered his face - not his name though - and yes he was good from what  I saw.   


Sharkbok

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 11, 2012, 04:03:52

 

Young Savea compared to the Iceman

Published: 7:00AM Thursday October 11, 2012 Source: Fairfax

New Hurricanes recruit Ardie Savea has been likened to All Blacks legend Michael Jones by the coaching staff that secured his signature.

Four days short of his 19th birthday, the dynamic openside flanker and New Zealand Sevens rep yesterday became the 26th Hurricane signed for the next Super Rugby season.

Having agreed to a two-year deal, he'll join elder brother Julian in coach Mark Hammett's 2013 squad as the odds rapidly shorten on the pair wearing All Blacks jerseys together.

Hurricanes and Wellington assistant coach Richard Watt said Savea added a new dimension, and was adamant he was ready.

"He brings something else to a seven role with his sheer athleticism and pace. He's almost a throwback to the Michael Jones-type seven," Watt said.

"He's got some pretty special qualities. He has that sheer pace and he's pretty brave and doesn't mind sticking his head in the dark places when he gets there."

Watt spied Savea at Rongotai College when he was carving up at second five-eighth. And it only took a few minutes with the big boys, in this year's non-competition match against the Reds, to show Super Rugby held no fears for the teenager.

"I got a hint he was ready when we took him over to Mooloolaba to play the Reds. He ran on at halftime and the first scrum the ball squirted out and he pounced on it and shoved the nine off and ran around the 10 and scored by the posts. That was his first touch for the Hurricanes."

Well grounded and with an excellent work ethic, Watt said Savea will serve an apprenticeship with fellow No 7s Jack Lam and Karl Lowe.

"The main work-on for him will be his body shape and putting a few more kilos on his frame. He's about 97kg at the moment and most of the sevens running around at that level are 100-plus."

Savea scored six tries in a barnstorming first eight NPC games for Wellington but claims he was surprised to be summoned to Hammett's office a fortnight ago.

He still lives at home and told his supportive parents, Masina and Lina, that night. After Julian arrived back from South Africa, Ardie broke it to his proud brother over a family dinner on Tuesday.

"It's quite unreal. I didn't think any of this would happen so fast."

Savea's grown up quickly in the past year, after playing sevens for New Zealand and debuting for Wellington. And he takes the responsibility of being a rugby pro seriously.

"Being young you like to go out and party, go into town and do a lot of stuff. Being professional you have to watch what you do now and that's a big step. Physically I need to be up there because Super 15 is a whole new level. I have this window to physically get up there. I've just got to be smart with what [food] I buy because I like to just go out and get takeaways."

While Savea says he's given little thought to a potential All Blacks call-up, another black jersey has piqued his interest. He wants to continue his sevens career when an Olympic gold medal is on the line in four years time.

"It's been in the back of my mind. I thought about that, I'd love to go to Rio and be part of the Olympics and the sevens team. But at the moment it's just ITM Cup."

And a match against Taranaki to star in, at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.


Sharkbok

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RE: Watchout for Savea's little brother
October 11, 2012, 04:06:33

 ""The main work-on for him will be his body shape and putting a few more kilos on his frame. He's about 97kg at the moment and most of the sevens running around at that level are 100-plus."

So he is not as light as we expected, and their is more to him than being a fashion designer in Paris


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