| Latest Rugby News | Thursday April 25 2013 13:18
Piri Weepu is helping Hurricanes players understand their role in sticking by Julian Savea.
Savea has withdrawn from contention for tomorrow's Super Rugby encounter with the Stormers, as his assault charge hangs over his head, but a decision is yet to be made on whether he flies to South Africa next week.
Weepu says some Hurricanes players have asked him for advice on how best to support Savea.
He says they just have to be there.
"He's going to be away from family and things like that and it's going to be tough on him.
"So as long as you're there to help him understand that, you know, if you need someone to talk to they'll always be there for him."
Weepu says he is not one to tell players off, but is always on hand if they need to talk to someone.
"I've never really been one of those guys to sit down with the young feller and tell him to pull his head in.
"I like to get along with all of my team mates, spend some time with them. I've always got the open door policy that if they need someone to lend an ear then I'll always be there."
Weepu's had his share of trouble with the media, and says the key is to ignore it.
"Try to stay away from all of it, because it can sort of get to you.
"As long as you've got the right support around you, ie team mates and your family, their opinions are the ones that really matter, not what's been said about you through other people."
He says he has also sent Savea a text to show his support.