'Jeez the bus is coming'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:51

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith said it will be strange to come up against Julian Savea in Saturday's clash against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Savea was left out of New Zealand's squad for this year's Rugby Championship and he will be want to prove himself again to All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen.

"After what I've been seeing lately and how he went in the weekend [National Provincial Championship] – we've had a few chats a few of us and it's like 'jeez the bus is coming'," said Smith 

"He's been playing really well and guys like that are nightmares, especially for me, I'm 80 clicks [kgs] and he's 100 and something."

Savea is not the only New Zealander in the BaaBaas squad. Dominic Bird, Luke Whitelock, Ben Franks and Vince Aso are just some of the big names that the All Blacks will have to deal with on Saturday.

"We've got a big game against the BaaBaas, there's a few Kiwi boys trying to come in…I've played these guys at Super Rugby so it's hard enough but put them on a bigger stage with better players around them they're going to be dangerous," said Smith.

The All Blacks are coming off a 18-23 loss to the Wallabies in their last game and they will be looking to get back in the winners circle again before the internationals.  

"Coming off a loss we just had a pretty hard out review so we've got some work-ons for this week and probably want to rectify what happened in Brisbane," Smith added.