The outstanding Julian Savea is a potent attacking player, with pace, strength and exceptional rugby vision that gives him the ability to seemingly create and score tries at will.
Savea has scored more tries than any other member of the 2016 Steinlager Series All Blacks squad and heading into the matches against Wales is fifth on the all-time All Blacks Test tryscorers list behind Doug Howlett (49), Christian Cullen and Josevata Rokocoko (46) and Jeff Wilson (44).
Savea showed his tremendous try-scoring abilities in 2015, scoring eight tries in eight matches, including a stunning treble against France in the RWC 2015 quarterfinal, one of which secured him the International Rugby Players Try of the Year Award. He was also nominated for the International Player of the Year Award in 2015.
Savea stormed onto the international stage in 2012 and quickly proved himself as a powerful runner with ball in hand, scoring nine tries in his debut season. In 2014 he went up a gear, scoring eight tries in eight Tests at a rate to equal that of the All Blacks’ greatest wingers.
He won the IRB's Junior Player of the Year Award in 2010 after scoring eight tries for the Junior World Championship-winning New Zealand Under 20 side in Argentina.
His career in black also includes appearances for New Zealand Secondary Schools and New Zealand Sevens.
v Ireland at Auckland, 9 June 2012
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