Savea played second-five eighth and scored his first try of the season in Toulon’s win over Perpignan on Sunday (NZT) and crashed his car after the match according to a social media post from his wife.
“Count your blessings everyday guys,” his wife Fatima Savea shared on her Instagram story.
“Tonight Julian fell asleep behind the wheels [sic] of his car and flipped his car. Thankfully he is safe and sound in bed with me now after being dropped home by the ambulance because silly me had her phone on silent and missed all the calls and texts.
“If you know Julian, you’ll know he falls asleep anywhere at any minute (a problem he’s always had), so I’m so thankful to God for bringing him home safely to Jude and I and for protecting him tonight.
“I can’t stress to you enough how important it is not to drive while you’re tired. Julian was lucky tonight.”
The 28-year-old outside back is in his first Top 14 season, shifting to France after the Hurricanes’ 2018 Super Rugby campaign.
He was capped by the All Blacks 54 times and scored 46 tries, giving him one of the best try scoring strike rates in international rugby history.
In other news:
RugbyPass has created a next generation rugby rating system, based on machine learning and shaped by game winning moments. The system (RPI) is a world first for its complexity and comprehensive embrace of northern and southern hemisphere players and teams. By using in-depth data analysis, RPI determines exactly what it takes to win, in real time. Explore the RPI now!