Julian Savea

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.

1.92m, 108kg
Test Debut:
v Ireland at Auckland, 9 June 2012
Test Points Breakdown:
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Career Comments

  • Favourites :

    Favourite rugby ground: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    Favourite food: Chicken Tonight and Seafood
    Favourite actor/actress: Will Smith
    Favourite movie: Grid Iron Gang
    Favourite book: The Outsiders
    Favourite music: All types
    Favourite non-rugby sports team: Ravens (NFL)
    Favourite holiday destination: Hawaii
    Who would you like to meet? Barack Obama
    Earliest rugby memories: Playing under 7s and high tackling a person by mistake
    I hate it when…… I snore
    I can’t live without… Jordyn and family
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be… a dancer

Test Match record

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9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10 (-)
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (-)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (-)
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27 (-)
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33
17 Nov v England at London 30-22
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22

14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27
21 Jun v England at Hamilton 36-13
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9
13 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28
1 Nov v USA at Chicago (+)
8 Nov v England at London 24-21
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16 (+)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16

8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13
20 Sep vs Argentina at London 26-16
24 Sep vs Namibia at London 58-14
2 Oct vs Georgia at Cardiff 43-10
17 Oct vs France at Cardiff 62-13
24 Oct vs South Africa at London 20-18
31 Oct vs Australia at London 34-17

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (-)
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6 (-)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (+)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (-)
27 November v France at Paris 24-19

16 Jun v Samoa at Auckland 78-0
8 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 15-15 (-)