2021 Hurricanes Captain Ardie Savea has officially put pen-to-paper on a new deal that will keep him in the capital with the Hurricanes until end of the 2023 season.
The dynamic loose forward has continued to go from strength to strength since debuting for the Hurricanes in 2013, recently returning from captaining the All Blacks through the 2021 Rugby Championship. Savea has gone on to play 108 matches for the Hurricanes and captained the side in 2021.
The 28-year-old said he was grateful to extend his contract with the Hurricanes and have certainty for himself and his family.
“Our family is settled and happy in New Zealand and there are things I want to challenge and pursue with New Zealand Rugby, the All Blacks and the ‘Canes, both on and off the field.”
“Right now, I’m looking forward to really getting away from rugby and getting mentally refreshed to come back and be better in the 2022 season.”
Hurricanes Head Coach Jason Holland said he was thrilled to have Savea back on board as the Hurricanes prepare for the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season in 2022.
“It’s great to get Ardie re-signed. He is a quality man, a key member of our team and a hell of a player so it’s awesome to have him recommit to the club.”
“He has a wealth of experience, a calming influence as a leader and a competitive presence on the field which most certainly brings out the best in others.”
2021 saw Savea named as captain of the Hurricanes and lead the All Blacks for the first time against Australia, becoming the All Blacks 70th Test captain. He also captained the All Blacks in the historic 100th against the Springboks in Townsville.
NZR General Manager Professional Rugby and Performance Chris Lendrum said:
“Ardie’s been loyal to his club Oriental Rongotai, his province Wellington and to the Hurricanes in Super Rugby during his playing career and he’s continuing that loyalty by recommitting to New Zealand Rugby for another four seasons.
“His performances this season have been very strong, and it’s testament to the drive and passion Ardie has for the Hurricanes and All Blacks that he’s committed his long-term future to New Zealand. We look forward to his continued contribution to the teams and communities he represents so well.”