The New Zealand national team announced on social media, Saturday, that the third rower Ardi Savia will be the captain of the next All Blacks team, starting next Sunday’s match in Perth against Australia.
«What I love is that he has a completely different driving style. He is very sympathetic, has ties to everyone in the group and understands them well, both emotionally and familially. I think that’s a really important feature, given the situation we’re inAll Blacks director Ian Foster told Newsalk ZB Radio.
Savia, 27, is the younger brother of former All Blacks player Julian Savia. He made his first round in 2013 without appearing in matches and played his first of 52 Test matches three years later against Wales. The coach explained that he considered a number of candidates to take over the leadership, before choosing the third-row winger at the Wellington Hurricanes.
«In recent years he has gained real influence and discovered how to use his word and demeanor to make an impact on the team. I think he did a very good job‘ confirms Foster. “He’s getting closer and closer to his best level. He’s progressing between us and I’m happy. I think he has a lot of affection for the team and this will be a great learning opportunity for him too‘, is considered the manager of the All Blacks team.
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