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Julian Savea up for the challenge, but admits it's 'weird' to face the All Blacks

31 Octobre 2017

We'll see how it goes.

Asked how it felt to be playing against, rather than for New Zealand, Savea told reporters at the Barbarians' London hotel: "A little bit unusual, but I'm very excited about the challenge and actually very excited about being part of this club, it's pretty special". He's fit, and in the final he looked quite sharp, and that's everything we wanted him to do.

Notable All Black reject Savea, aka "the Bus", will line up for the Barbarians in Saturday's (UK time) Killik Cup fixture at Twickenham against Steve Hansen's tourists.

"It's going to be weird. unusual coming up against Ards. I'm here to experience the Baabaas way of playing and excited to play against New Zealand". "He was part of this team two years ago so this will be pretty cool".

Meanwhile, he dismissed talk some of his former New Zealand teammates were "scared" to face him as a "little bit of nonsense".

The loss of form saw him make way for Hurricanes teammate Nehe Milne-Skudder in the ensuing squad for the Rugby Championship.

"I believe the door is always going to be there as long as I can play the best I can", Savea said.

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From the outside, it seems as though provincial success has rejuvenated Savea's passion for the game.

"For me, it's focusing on footie", he added. "We're expecting to see a good performance out of Julian at the weekend he's certainly excited for it", Deans said.

"It is a little bit odd but I'm very excited about the challenge and very excited about being part of this club".

He said he was expecting no leniency from his old All Black collegaues this weekend, and said if he came face to face with his little brother on a break he would be looking to put in a step and run in a different direction.

"As of now I'm loving being home and I'm enjoying my rugby. We know it's a possibility and we're going out there with the mindset that we can". "A lesser man would've said it's all too hard but he's still hungry and still wants to be back".

"I'm just excited about the challenge and this week, and how it will all turn out, and obviously we'll have a beer after".

Julian Savea up for the challenge, but admits it's 'weird' to face the All Blacks