Julian Savea decides his playing future
NEWS: A trio of experienced players have committed to staying at the Hurricanes.
International wing Julian Savea and ultra-consistent loose forward Reed Prinsep have re-signed with the franchise for the next two seasons while impressive lock Scott Scrafton has committed for at least another year.
Savea made his debut for the Hurricanes in 2011 and has long been regarded as one of the most dynamic wings in world rugby.
He has also had the pleasure of being able to play alongside current Hurricanes’ captain and brother Ardie who have collectively become fan favourites in Wellington.
The 31-year-old has gone to become the second most capped Hurricanes player (along with midfield legends Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu) with 126 caps, behind only former captain TJ Perenara with 140 appearances.
The ‘Bus’, as he is affectionately known, has crossed for 53 tries for the Hurricanes to go alongside his 46 tries for the All Blacks during his 54-Test career.
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New Zealand Maori All Blacks loose forward Prinsep has also extended his career at the franchise since he made his first appearance for the Hurricanes in 2017.
Since then, the 28-year-old has played 60 times for the Hurricanes and become a consistent fixture in the run-on side through his determined work rate and physicality.
Two-metre tall lock Scott Scrafton will also continue his time in the capital after he shifted south from the Blues. Scrafton, who represented the New Zealand Under-20 team in 2013, has played 17 matches for the Canes.
A key line-out forward, 28-year-old Scrafton has developed his game since joining the Hurricanes and has matured into one of the best second-row forwards in the country.
Hurricanes head coach Jason Holland emphasised the importance of locking in experienced players as the Super Rugby format continues to develop into the future.
Holland said: “All three players have shown just what it means to them to play for the Hurricanes and they continue to make a significant impact on our club.
“Our coaching group knows the importance of having good leaders in the mix to help bring the next crop of quality Hurricanes players through, so we’re delighted these players have shown their desire to continue with us.”