Julian Savea re-signs with Hurricanes

All Black and Hurricanes winger Julian Savea has re-signed with the Hurricanes in Wellington for the 2014 & 2015 Super Rugby seasons.

The Hurricanes winger had interest from Super Rugby champions the Chiefs and the Crusaders but he has now agreed to stay on in Wellington.

The All Black winger made the announcement on his Twitter account bringing an end to speculation over his playing future.

“Happy to say I have resigned with the Hurricanes and NZRU. Been a very hard decision but I’m glad it’s over,” said Savea.

He later added, “Can’t wait to join the boys again in 2014 and entertain our fans. Much love!”

Wellington Rugby and Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni said: “Julian
is a homegrown talent and I am thrilled that he will be taking the field for
both Wellington and the Hurricanes for the next two years.”

The international winger said he had taken time to carefully consider his options,
but at the end of the day, it was his home province that came out on top.

“I grew up in Wellington, I’ve played all of my rugby here, and
it means a lot to be able to call myself a Wellington Lion and Hurricane. I’m
excited about signing on for another two years.”

Savea said he looked forward to being a part of the Hurricanes environment
in 2014.

“There’s a great culture building within the team and I know we
all want to do big things this season. We all have that same goal.”

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett expressed his delight in Savea committing to
another two years.

“We’ve seen him grow and develop over the last two years through
his involvement with the Hurricanes and the All Blacks, and we want that to
continue. He’s gone from being this quiet guy going about his job, to
a real leader within our squad.”

Not only would the team benefit, but the fans also, Hammett said.

“Julian’s an exciting player for the fans to see out there on the
field and that’s an important part of it as well.”

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