Ardie Savea revealed his motivation to refuse a very expensive offer to pass to the Top 14 club of Pau. Savea was the subject of a lot of speculation last year, as Pau and other leading clubs from all over Europe began negotiations with the 25-year-old to make him one of theirs after this year’s RWC. Fans have book their Rugby World Cup Tickets and hoping for their favorite players to perform well in the tournament.
The 35 free practices revealed that it was difficult to refuse the riches of European club rugby, but his decision to sign again with New Zealand rugby and the Hurricanes amounted to keeping his one-year-old daughter Kobe, in a serene camp. , young family environment in Wellington.
“I thought to stay here would be the best option for me and my family,” Savea told the Weekend Herald.
To be perfectly honest, it was not an easy decision to make, but in the end, I just wanted to stay in New Zealand. I have a young family and my daughter has just grown up and my parents are here. to grow my daughter around her grandparents, it was more for my family at the moment.
“I think when I made that decision, it felt good to stay at home, but it was not easy.”
A move to Pau would have been an ideal option for Savea, given the strong presence of the Kiwis in the club, including Colin Slade, former All Blacks, Frank Halai, Tom Taylor, Benson Stanley, starting star Jamie. Mackintosh, Peter Saili, Daniel Ramsay, head coach Simon Mannix, an assistant and former teammate Savea Hurricanes Conrad Smith.
The current All Blacks, Ben Smith, and Luke Whitelock will also join the team after the World Cup, but if the transfer to the French club would have significantly increased Savea’s bank balance, he does not regret his decision to reject the offer and sign a new contract. which will keep it in New Zealand until the end of 2021.
I am in a rather blessed position to be where I am and grateful for the talent I have been given. I’m just trying to make the most of it enjoy my life, help my family, help me and influence the new generation.
“If I can do it, especially in New Zealand, playing rugby is rewarding for me.”
Savea continued to build on his reputation as one of Super Rugby’s most prominent strikers, alternating between the open flanker and No. 8 to become a formidable threat with and without a ball.
He will become a key player in the All Blacks training for the World Cup in Japan later this year and if co-captain of the injured Chiefs, Sam Cane, struggled to get back from his broken neck, Savea should take shirt number seven.
After being dismantled 32-8 by the Crusaders in Wellington on Friday night, Savea will play for the next time with the Hurricanes against the Highlanders at Dunedin, which will be his last match before a mandatory week of rest after six consecutive matches.
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