This afternoon, Julian ‘The Bus’ Savea will be on the bench against the Lions in Johannesburg – playing second fiddle to Wes Goosen.
The ‘Bus’ has scored 46 tries in just 54 tests, is only 26 and is second in try scoring to Doug Howlett. Everyone had expected him to be the first All Black to 50 tries.
In the first two tests against the Lions he missed out to Reiko Ioane and Waisake Naholo – he returned for the decider where he will mostly be remembered for dropping a scoring pass early in the game. This seems unfair in comparison to SBW’s red card and Beauden Barrett’s goal kicking.
Even with Ben Smith’s planned sabbatical after the Bledisloe Cup, the competition for the All Black back three will be massive.
Steve Hansen has to perm three from Israel Dagg, Damien McKenzie, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Reiko Iaone, Wiasake Naholo, Jordie Barrett and Juian Savea.
If Savea is to get back his place and try (sic) for 50 he will need to impress from the bench today or hope that the Canes get to play the Crusaders in the final.