Dynamic All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea has signed a two-year extension with New Zealand Rugby.
All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea has resisted approaches from French club rugby and added two years to his contract with New Zealand Rugby.
The 25-year-old confirmed he had signed until 2021, reportedly backing out of a deal to play for Pau after next year’s World Cup in what he described as a “tough decision” on social media.
Savea was one of the best-performed All Blacks in 2018, having to start all the key Tests at the end of the season after first-choice openside Sam Cane suffered a season-ending neck injury.
It had been speculated that Savea would join a number of top-flight All Blacks who have signed French contracts over the last two years.
That includes his older brother and prolific Test-tryscoring winger Julian, who left for Toulon in August.
Ardie Savea has played 35 Tests since his 2016 debut, including 24 as a reserve.
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