While most of us were emotionally hurt after the All Blacks’ loss to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final, some of us were worse off – well one of us – Ardie Savea.
Ardie had sustained a major knee injury and was coming to terms with the months of healing he was about to endure.
We documented Ardies’s recovery for his social media, starting just a few days after he was back in NZ. It started with an emergency cartilage surgery and 2-5 months out of rugby for the newly crowned Rugby Player of the year.
It’s early January now, about a month and a half after surgery and Ardie’s weeks on crutches have finally ended. He can walk now and he’s just been given the all-clear to get back to the gym to lift some light ‘tin’. The frustration is real and the reality of his long recovery has become apparent.
There’s a bit of worry amongst fans, as the Hurricanes will plan to start their super rugby season without the All Black. We’ll be following his journey through the next few months as he heals and recovers.
There are high hopes for Ardie in 2020 as he gets closer to his 100 games for the Hurricanes. But that honor is shadowed by his injury, and with the start of the rugby season looming he’s hoping to get the boots back on once again.