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Doug Howlett advised Irish club to sign Julian Savea

Doug Howlett

Former All Black flyer Doug Howlett has revealed that he advised Munster to sign Julian Savea in an interview with BBC Rugby Union Weekly.

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“I’ve tried to talk Munster into signing Julian Savea and getting him up here but at this stage, it’s not something we are looking for,” he said.

Howlett, now the current Head of Commercial and Marketing at Munster, signed with the Irish club following the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where he won the Heineken Cup in 2008 before becoming a club captain.

Savea is chasing Howlett’s All Blacks try-scoring record of 49 test tries, however, is currently stalled on 46 tries after being largely overlooked in 2017 by the All Blacks for the in-form Rieko Ioane.

Savea recently opted against exercising his get-out clause of his contract with the NZRU and Hurricanes, deciding that remaining at home is the ‘best place to be’  to achieve an international comeback. The 27-year-old’s contract runs for another 2 years, expiring after the 2019 World Cup.

A successful Mitre 10 Cup campaign with the Wellington Lions saw Savea start a number of games in the unfamiliar number 14 jersey, a move likely designed to compete for the right-wing spot in the All Blacks.

With Ioane expressing a desire to play at centre in the future, Savea may be back-in-black soon.

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Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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