London - Julian Savea would love nothing more than to score
a try against his native New Zealand for the Barbarians in their clash with the
world champion All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday.
Powerhouse wing Savea, nicknamed 'The Bus' for his ability
to run over defenders, has garnered a remarkable 46 tries in 54 Tests for New
Zealand, including six when the All Blacks won the 2015 World Cup in England.
But such is New Zealand's strength in depth out wide, the
Wellington flyer has not been selected for international duty since the drawn
series finale against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland in July.
Now, however, he has a chance to prove a point to All Blacks
coach Steve Hansen, with Savea - who will be up against a team featuring
younger brother Ardie - desperate to regain his Test place ahead of the 2019
World Cup in Japan.
"Scoring a try is always awesome but to do it against
New Zealand would be pretty cool," said Julian Savea.
"If I do, I will definitely be rubbing it in," he
"Being a part of the World Cup in 2015 was special, so
not being a part of it is a motivation."
There were reports that Savea might sign a short-term deal
with London club Harlequins following England wing Marland Yarde's move to
Premiership rivals Sale.
But Savea poured cold water on talk of playing club rugby in
England by saying: "I am signed with New Zealand until 2019, it is as
simple as that."