Julian Savea relishing facing childhood hero Carlos Spencer on the rugby field - 'It's going to be weird!'

Hurricanes wing Julian Savea is looking forward to taking on his childhood hero Carlos Spencer, as he prepares to take part in this weekend's Brisbane Tens.

Spencer, 42, is the Blues' wildcard player for the tournament, strapping on his boots for another crack at Super Rugby for his old franchise.

Speaking to media before the Hurricanes left for Australia this morning, Savea said he couldn’t wait to come up against Spencer.

"It's going to be weird, he definitely looks fit as well," Savea said.

"My advice would be just don't take any dummies from him, just get him if he's got the ball."

Savea also spoke about watching the first-five as a youngster.

"I definitely liked the way he played."

"A lot of confidence and trust in his skill to do whatever he wants."

"I definitely look up to him, and loved watching how he played."

Blues legend Spencer will line up for his old side at this weekend's Brisbane Tens. Source: 1 NEWS


'We want to win' – Hurricanes set sights on Brisbane Tens title

The Hurricanes won't just be at this weekend's Brisbane Tens to make up the numbers, winger Julian Savea says, with the Super Rugby side looking to add another trophy to their collection.

After losing in last year's tournament semi-finals to the Crusaders, Savea says his side are looking to improve their showing, finding the winning touch before the start of this year's Super Rugby season.

"The expectation is to go out there and do our best," Savea told media today.

"We're all competitive, so we want to win."

Savea also said that the presence of youngsters in the side will only help the Hurricanes' charge to the title.

"We've got a lot of young boys, and some experience like myself."

The Hurricanes winger is looking forward to getting back into Super Rugby. Source: 1 NEWS

"Hopefully that good mixture will bring out the best of us."

The Wellington side are taking the pre-season tournament seriously this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Julian Savea focused on Brisbane Tens but has eye on 'end goal' of All Blacks re-selection

Hurricanes winger Julian Savea insists that he's not thinking about regaining his All Blacks spot right now, as his side prepare to compete at the Brisbane Tens this weekend.

Savea, 27, fell out of favour with the All Blacks selectors in 2017, surrendering his left-wing spot to youngster Rieko Ioane.

Now, after a full Mitre 10 Cup season with Wellington, a refreshed Savea is taking a new perspective on rugby ahead of the new season, outlining his goals for the year today.

"Just to have fun, play well consistently, and do what I can for the team," he said.

"There's no other team to do it better with than the Hurricanes, kick starting off with the Tens."

But Savea also spoke about his long term desire to get back into the All Blacks, although he says that the Hurricanes are his primary focus.

"That's the end goal, whatever happens from there happens."

"The yellow jersey, for me at the moment, is the main focus."

The Hurricanes winger is looking forward to getting back into Super Rugby. Source: 1 NEWS