the fans at The rugby watching the encounter that faced the All Blacks, the name is known to the selection of new zealand, and Canada as a mere formality (63-0) to get the leadership of the southern hemisphere. The big headlines were on the bench and the role they took players that still has much to prove at the selected. Until he entered Ardie Savea in the field. The flanker led it to remember this game beyond the final result.
Savea became the last Wednesday in the first player in history to play a world with protective goggles . The third line of the All Blacks, one of the club's top players, reported just a few days ago that the vision of his left eye was practically nil. "He had been ill for some years, but now everything was blurry. I told Tony Page (doctor of All Blacks) that was getting worse", he picked up AFP.
The team didn't want to lose one of its "insurance" so I quickly looked for a solution: play with some goggles that have been approved by the World Rugby. "In terms of vision, it is something very good and now it's just a matter of getting used to them", he added. The lenses have been designed specifically for the player, ensuring their safety and that of their rivals. Get used to it has not been easy. Savea was a week training in weather conditions complicated (about 20 ° c and 90% humidity), and took the game against Canada for testing and playing only ten minutes with them put.
Savea has never let this slow down. Not even his teammates knew about until this moment. Beauden Barrett, who shares t-shirt both in the All Blacks as the team of the Super Rugby Hurricanes, I was not aware of the problems of vision that suffers the flanker. "Somehow that explains a few things, but I had not been aware of it until now. I remember some games in which he blinked more than usual," he said.
The player of the All Blacks, follows the example of the Italian Ian McKinley , the first to use these goggles in an international match. But it was not a World, was in a meeting of the Six Nations. The player started to use the prototype of these glasses after losing the vision in his left eye in an accident in a full party. It soon spread to other players as the French Florian Cazenave –who lost in an accident in the home– and in the rugby amateur.
"If it inspires you, and try this sport, it will be a positive thing," said Ardie Savea. The third line of the All Blacks to carry the glasses in a match of the Rugby World cup Japan 2019 not only gives visibility to this tool, you can also be a gesture that will inspire children with vision problems to play rugby as him. "I know that for me and I hope for the other 2,000 people who have registered as users of the glasses was a sporting moment inspiring. I hope that moments like in a sporting event so large as to educate and inspire players both young and old to try out or continue playing rugby," wrote the Italian player Ian McKinley.Updated Date: 04 October 2019, 06:00