The dynamic Ardie Savea continued to go from strength to strength in the All Blacks in 2018, scoring the match-winning try against South Africa in their last Investec Rugby Championship game.
Savea burst onto the national scene in 2012 at just 18 years old when he made his provincial debut for Wellington. He impressed many with a series of electric performances at openside flanker and No. 8 and is blessed with speed, athleticism and his ability to stay alive in the tackle is second to none.
The younger brother of former All Blacks winger Julian made his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in 2013, then played for New Zealand Under 20 and later that year toured with the All Blacks on their Northern Tour as a non-playing apprentice. He finished the year winning the New Zealand Age Grade award.
His leadership potential had been apparent for some time – he was head boy at Rongotai College, captained his First XV side, the New Zealand Schools side, and his Wellington provincial side.
Away from rugby he enjoys fashion and launched his own clothing range in 2017.
V Wales in Auckland 11 June 2016
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Rugby ground: Westpac Stadium
Rugby player and why: Ma’a Nonu
Food: Mum’s Chicken Tonight on rice
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