Savea set for ‘challenging’ off-season

Savea set for ‘challenging’ off-season

All Blacks selector Grant Fox is backing wing Julian Savea to have a strong off-season to give himself the best chance of earning a recall.

Savea, 27, wasn’t selected in the end-of-year squad, with Matt Duffie one of the wings picked ahead of him in a possible blow to his mindset.

But in an interview with Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE, Fox says the Wellington finisher know what he has to do to get back in.

“The ball’s in Juls’ court,” he said. “I think what Julian really needs is to have a really big off-season, get himself in the best possible shape. He can find his speed and agility again.

“He’s getting there, but we don’t think he’s quite there yet. I think a big off-season will help him do that.

“Super Rugby will be pretty critical to Juls’ All Blacks future next year.”

Fox has sympathy for Savea in that age might be catching up with him, adding: “As you get older, the speedsters often become a little bit of a problem for them; it becomes challenging.

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