All Black Ardie Savea shares updated stance on potential Samoa switch

All Blacks No.8 Ardi Savea has always left the door open for a potential switch to play for his Samoan national team after laying his black jersey to rest.

But the 30-year-old has tempered any desires he may have previously had to represent the nation where his parents were born.

Savea has always toyed with the idea of ​​playing for Samoa, as has his brother Julian, and although he has not ruled it out, he is beginning to distance himself from that dream.

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The reason the world's best rugby player is not paying attention this year is because he fears “damaging the shirt” by switching allegiances in the final years of his career.

Join Jim Hamilton on walking talk, In Japan recently, and soon on RPTV, the 81-cap All Black faced the reality that he is “getting a little older”, meaning a potential switch is becoming more unlikely every year.

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With World Rugby's current three-year hiatus to switch allegiances, Savea will be 33 years old when he is first eligible to pull on the blue jersey. That would require him to end his All Blacks career immediately, which is unthinkable at this moment in time.

Given the form he has been in over the past years with New Zealand, Savea looks set to be a permanent fixture at the back of the team until the World Cup in 2027, which is why he has adjusted his plans beyond the All Blacks.

“If you asked me four years ago, I would have loved to play for Samoa and wear the shirt,” he said.

“But at the moment, I'm getting a little older and I think I'll be doing damage to the shirt if I go there when I'm older.

“We'll see, but with a three-year layoff, it's just a long time.”

While Savea may not play for Samoa in the future, he still hopes to help the country of his heritage in some way.

“For me, I want to give back to Samoa in different ways,” he added.

“Maybe it's going back home and helping the kids there or doing something like that in my village.

“It may not be representing them on the international stage, but just doing something to give back.”


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