Before the start of the match, the former New Zealand international (54 caps) who now plays as a center, was at 60 tries, tied with Australian Israel Folau, record holder since 2019 in the competition. the southern hemisphere. In the second half, shifted to the right side, the former Toulon player, now 33 years old, recovered the ball five meters away and flattened it along the touchline (48th) to set the record.

“It means a lot but I prefer to celebrate in private… I just want us to learn from this match in order to be ready for next week,” he soberly declared after his team’s defeat. Savea, who started in rugby sevens, wore the jersey of Wellington and the Hurricanes in his career before playing for the Pacific franchise. Top try scorer of the 2015 World Cup (8), Savea was notably the executioner of the Blues with three tries scored in the quarter-final. He scored his first try after having repelled the tackles of three Frenchmen (Nakaitaci, Speddings, Slimani) with several noises. Ardie Savea’s big brother had largely contributed to the All Blacks’ victory against France (62-13).