The Hurricanes have signed up Julian Savea's 18 year old brother and openside flanker Ardie Savea for the next two Super Rugby seasons.
The former Rongotai College head boy has signed with the franchise, while competing in his first ITM Cup campaign with the Ricoh Wellington Lions, and after starring on the world sevens circuit with New Zealand.
"It's awesome to be a part of the Hurricanes. When I was little I watched Jonah and some greats in the Canes jersey, so I feel very honoured to get this opportunity," said Ardie.
In his debut provincial season, he has scored six tries in his eight appearances for Wellington, bringing some of that sevens flair to his style of play.
Hurricanes Head Coach Mark Hammett was excited to sign his young recruit.
"Ardie is skilful player and we are delighted to have him join the Hurricanes for the next two years. He has great potential and we look forward to working with him to help develop his fifteens career."
Wellington Rugby and Hurricanes CEO James Te Puni added, "I have enjoyed watching Ardie's transition into the Ricoh Wellington Lions this year like many of our fans have. He has a bright future and it is fantastic to see he is so passionate about representing his home franchise."
Player Biography- Ardie Savea
Born: 14.10.93, Wellington
Physical: 1.90m, 97kg
Position: Openside Flanker / No.8
Representative Teams: NZ Secondary Schools (c), NZ Sevens, Ricoh Wellington Lions, Wellington Sevens.
ITM Cup Debut: v Mana
ITM Cup Points: 30 (6 tries)