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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Julian Savea

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