Cane knows Savea is a threat

Date published: June 21 2016

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane accepts that Ardie Savea is providing some stiff competition for the seven jersey.

Following the retirement of Richie McCaw the All Black number seven jersey is up for grabs and Cane, who has started the last two Tests, knows Savea is nipping at his heels. 

"He's tracking good, but in terms of pressure… how do you measure pressure I suppose?" Cane told

"I'm just worried about doing my role.

"We've been getting along pretty well to be honest, we've been doing some work-ons together, we've been feeding off each other.

When it comes to playing style, Cane will be found working in the New Zealand pack's engine-room opposed to Savea who is more of a runner of the ball, and Cane acknowledges they both have their own strengths.

"He's probably a lot more explosive than myself. He thrives in ball carries," said Cane.

"I'm probably a wee bit more defence-orientated around the way I play."

Cane also knows that although Savea has been enjoying his rugby off the bench, the Hurricanes flanker will want a starting berth for the All Blacks. 

"Deep down we're all competitive people in this environment. You're ultimately competing for a spot but what overrides that is the team first and foremost," said Cane.

"No matter who gets picked or who plays well for how long, you know it's been done for the better of the team.