The latest in a line of outstanding All Blacks wingers, Julian 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.
A powerful runner, with the ability to burst through defences, he has three tries to his credit so far in 2012 Investec Super Rugby and will be hungry for more when the season resumes. 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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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