All Blacks Persuading Hurricanes Vaea Fifita is a Blindside
This would seem a fairly obvious conclusion for any professional side to make, but the Hurricanes were a little to slow to get there and maybe needed a little help.
They had long been working on the idea that Fifita was a hybrid who could play lock and six but were more of the view, last year and at the start of this, that he was better suited to lock.
The All Blacks disagreed. They knew he was the quickest forward in the country with the best standing leap.
On that basis Steve Hansen famously rated him as one of the best natural athletes with whom he’d ever worked and had no doubt that the No 6 jersey was the right one for Fifita.
By the middle of Super Rugby the Hurricanes were on the same page and the result was that Fifita’s development fasttracked and by September he was showing the world, in an All Blacks jersey, what he could offer as a super explosive, athletic blindside.