Ardie Savea set for lengthy spell on the sidelines

Date published: April 13 2021

Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea is set to miss the remainder of Super Rugby Aotearoa after sustaining an injury to his left knee in Sunday’s golden point loss to the Crusaders.

Scan results have confirmed that Savea has injured his medial collateral ligament and will be sidelined for around six to eight weeks.

That timeframe will see him miss not only the remainder of the Aotearoa campaign, but likely also the majority of the trans-Tasman competition which will follow.

Soldiered on for 20 minutes

The injury was picked up early in the second half during the lead up to Wes Goosen’s try, but the inspirational skipper soldiered on for a further 20 minutes before being replaced by Du’Plessis Kirifi.

In a video message, Savea said: “Unfortunately on the weekend I did my MCL so that’s going to take me out for 6-8 weeks, so unfortunately I’m going to miss some footy over that time, but it’s all good.

“Like in life you get knocked down but you just gotta keep moving forward. Thanks for all the love and the messages. Keep supporting our Hurricanes, fam, and I’ll be back. Peace out.”

Savea also suffered a knee injury in the World Cup semi-final defeat to England, ruling him out for eight months, but he returned for the start of Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2020.