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Canes support Savea through court process

Published: 8:27PM Monday April 22, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Under-seige winger Julian Savea was conspicuous by his absence from Hurricanes training today, as he side-stepped reporters at Wellington District Court.

Coach Mark Hammett expects to have his powerhouse back on deck for normal duties tomorrow, after he was remanded on bail on an assault charge.

"Look, he's been through a lot, he's a young man and he's been through a very busy time," said Hammett. "We just feel it's best for him to take a breather"

But his team-mates are keen to have him back.

"I know Jules, and he's a guy I rate as an individual and as a player, so that's how I approach it," said captain Conrad Smith.

Some argue that Savea shouldn't have taken part in Friday's game against the Force and that playing him showed a lack of respect for his partner.

"I think, from all accounts, there is huge support in behind the families - both families in this situation," said second-five Tim Bateman. "That's something that makes the Hurricanes a great environment to be part of."

The Blues also experiencing their share of off-field disruption this week, with back Peter Saili facing charges of driving while disqualified, and the spotlight has fallen squarely on rugby's disciplinary standards.

"You take any sector of young men and you'd have a problem in any employment, not just rugby," insists Smith. "I just feel more for them and that they have to learn their lessons on the front page of papers."

The Hurricanes now shift their attention to a visit from the Stormers, hoping they can return to the back pages soon.