Otago Daily Times

‘The Bus’ parks in Welling­ton

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WELLING­TON: For­mer New Zealand winger Ju­lian Savea has re­signed with his home­town Welling­ton Hur­ri­canes for 2021 after he re­turned home from France ear­lier this year.

Savea, nick­named ‘‘The Bus’’, left the Hur­ri­canes in 2018 to join Toulon on a two­year con­tract but cut short his stay in France when the French Top 14 league was can­celled due to the novel coro­n­avirus.

The 30­yearold joined the Hur­ri­canes for their fi­nal two games in the do­mes­tic Su­per Rugby Aotearoa com­pe­ti­tion, but did not play and has been ap­pear­ing for Welling­ton in New Zealand’s pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.

‘‘Phys­i­cally, Ju­lian is in great shape and we know what a threat he can be,’’ Hur­ri­canes head coach Ja­son Hol­land said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

‘‘He is in a great place men­tally and will add vol­umes to our en­vi­ron­ment on and off the field.’’

Savea played 54 tests for the All Blacks from 2012­17 and lit up the 2015 Rugby World Cup with some barn­storm­ing per­for­mances. — Reuters

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