'Most players have ups and downs' - Hurricanes coach backs Julian Savea to return to his best after All Blacks axing




Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd insists that Julian Savea still has a place in his side, despite the star winger's axing from the All Blacks.

Chris Boyd says while Dane Coles' reintroduction to the starting XV was a no-brainer, the backline was more difficult.
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Savea's omission from the All Blacks left few within New Zealand rugby circles surprised, with his poor form in Super Rugby seeing him dropped in favour of Wes Goosen for the Hurricanes' semi-final against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Boyd however, is adamant that Savea can rediscover his form to force his way back into contention for both Hurricanes and All Blacks selection.

"Most players have ups and downs in their form," Boyd told Fairfax

"He's got to now adopt a mentality that he needs to work hard to get back to where he belongs."

Hansen said he's organised a meeting with the winger to discuss his exclusion and give him "some good messages".
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Savea might not get the chance to rediscover his form with the Hurricanes, as the blockbusting winger reportedly has a clause in his New Zealand Rugby contract that allows him to shift to another Super Rugby side for next season.

The axed All Blacks winger will have a chance to force his way back into All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's reckoning, when he lines up for Wellington against Manawatu in the Mitre 10 Cup this weekend.

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