Sacrilege or a fair call? All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says winger Julian Savea is a better player than legendary number 11 Jonah Lomu.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s final Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Johannesburg, Hansen said Savea has more to his game than Lomu did – regarded by Herald rugby writer Wynne Gray as the greatest All Black ever.


“I think he’s probably better,” Hansen said overnight. “He can do more things than Jonah. Jonah was a great player but I think Julian has got more to his game than Jonah.

“That’s really saying something but I genuinely believe that. He’s very good going back. He’s very good under the high ball. He’s very good over the ball on the ground as well as being a great ball carrier.”

Savea has scored 27 tries in 27 tests for the All Blacks – having lost just once in the black jersey. Lomu finished his eight-year long career with 37 tries from 63 matches.


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