Ardi Savia is not moving from New Zealand

Ardi Savia is not moving from New Zealand

Savia, who took over the All Blacks for the first time in 2021 and has consistently performed convincingly during his test season, has extended his contract with the Hurricanes.

The 28-year-old said he was grateful to extend his contract with the Wellington franchise and his country and to ensure himself and his family for the next four years.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season, both the good and the bad,” said Savia. “While it took me a while to finalize my contract, my wife Saskia and I are so grateful to be able to stay in New Zealand for another four years. Our family is stable and happy here and there and things I would like to challenge and pursue with New Zealand Rugby, the All Blacks and Dogs team, on and off the field.”

“For now, I’m looking forward to really stepping away from rugby and mentally refreshing myself to come back and improve in the 2022 season.”

Savea has played 59 Tests for the All Blacks since his debut in 2016 and was a key figure in 2021, starting 10 of the 15 Test and leading the team four times during the Fortinet Rugby Championship, becoming the All Blacks 70 captain.

As part of his new contract, Savea will have the option to play rugby in another competition for a period of six months during the 2024 season.

“Ardie has been loyal to his Oriental Rongotai club, his Wellington County and the Hurricanes in Super Rugby throughout his playing career and continues that loyalty by recommitting to New Zealand rugby for another four seasons,” said Chris Lindrum, NZR Professional Rugby and Performance General Manager.

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“His performance this season has been so strong, it is a testament to the drive and passion Ardie has for the Hurricanes and all Blacks who have committed to his long-term future with New Zealand. We look forward to your continued contribution to the teams and communities you represent so well.”

Savia recommitted to Hurricanes until 2023. He made his Super Rugby debut with Wellington in 2013 and played 108 games, being captain in 2021.

Hurricanes coach Jason Holland said he is happy to have Savia back on the roster as the club prepares for the inaugural Pacific Super Rugby season in 2022.

“It’s great that Ardie is signing again. He’s a guy of quality, a key member of our squad and a great player, so it’s amazing that he’s committed again to the club.

“He has a wealth of experience, a reassuring influence as a leader and a competitive presence on the court that undoubtedly brings out the best in others.”

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