Savea looking to gain weight

Date published: November 1 2016

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29:  Ardie Savea of the New Zealand All Blacks holds a rugby ball in front of The Bean in Millennium Park  on October 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The All Blacks will play Ireland at Soldier Field next weekend. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

New Zealand openside flanker Ardie Savea said he is working on getting heavier to be more effective at the breakdown for his side.

The nine-Test All Black has revealed he is seeking help from a nutritionist to get bigger as being an openside requires a physical presence.

“Around the breakdown, being stronger over that and obviously with my weight getting heavier – that will help me physically,” Savea told

“Mainly around that breakdown, moving bodies and being strong over the ball. I am working hard with the nutritionist and finding ways to put on that weight.”

Savea went on to say that competition in the team helps each player get better.

“It’s a good thing, whenever each one of us plays well. It pushes us – And that’s good for the team,” he added.

New Zealand will take on Ireland on the November 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago, United States.