All Blacks Per­suad­ing Hur­ri­canes Vaea Fi­fita is a Blind­side

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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.

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