Savea to return to Hurricanes, Laumape's Super Rugby Aotearoa season over

Super Rugby - Aotearoa
by RUGBY.com.au staff

UPDATE: Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea will join the Hurricanes with departures and injuries opening the door for an addition in Wellington.

Winger Ben Lam played his last game for the Hurricanes on the weekend, ahead of a move to Bordeaux, while Ngani Laumape confirmed his season was over in a social media post on Sunday night.

Hurricanes coach Jason Holland said on Monday morning that Savea would link up with his old Super Rugby side, reuniting with younger brother Ardie.

“Both Ngani and Fraser (Armstrong) have both got fractures so will have to have operations in the next few days, both of them. Which is bittersweet when you look at the result but that's life and that's footy," Holland said.

"He's been working pretty hard for it I think by the sound of it," Holland said of Savea.

"He's played a 100 games for the Hurricanes and he's a big part of what's happened here in the past.

"We're looking forward to the experience he can come and bring here for two weeks and the boys along and compete in that outside back spot."

Laumape confirmed his Super Rugby Aotearoa season was over in an Instagram post on Sunday night but hinted at a 2020 return.

"Not the way I wanted (to) end Super Rugby Aotearoa this year but I'm not done yet for 2020," he said.


Laumape has been among the Hurricanes' best in the truncated competition and the Wellington side put the rest of the teams on notice with their thrilling victory in Christchurch.

The Hurricanes are third in Super Rugby Aotearoa with three weeks left in the competition.