Ardie 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 and athleticism. Savea made his Super Rugby debut in 2013, then played for New Zealand Under 20 and later that year toured with the All Blacks on their year-end 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.
* In 2013, Savea won the New Zealand Age Grade Player of the Year Award.
* Ardie is the younger brother of All Blacks winger Julian. When Ardie makes his debut they will be the 44th set of brothers to play for the team.
* Savea was only 18 years old when he made his provincial debut for Wellington against Manawatu in Palmerston North in 2012.
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