'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


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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


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Video: 'I've played longer than I ever thought I would' - Conrad Smith hints full retirement from rugby may be on the horizon

Former All Black Conrad Smith has expressed full retirement from rugby may be near as he gears up to play for the Brisbane 10s.

The 94-Test centre touched down in Australia with French club Pau ahead of this weekend’s Brisbane Tens tournament where he was asked how many more games he had left in him before hanging up his boots for good.

"I think it's more when other opportunities come along and it might be time to call it quits," Smith said.

"I think I'm getting near that stage, I've still got to work a few things out.

"I don't know if there's many games left in me, but I'm still enjoying it, so while it lasts it's good to go."

Smith played the All Blacks between 2004-2015 where he was part of two World Cup-winning campaigns in 2011 and 2015, before deciding to end his international career to take up a big-paying contract with Pau.

Smith is also recognised as a qualified lawyer outside of rugby.

The former All Black says he has a few things to weigh up before he makes the final decision. Source: Supplied


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