All Blacks and Chiefs halfback Brad Weber’s versatility was well and truly put to the test in his side’s training this morning, utilised as a makeshift flanker in preparation to face the Waratahs this weekend.
Weber, 29, filled in on the blindside of the
scrum for the Chiefs, his 1.72m, 75kg frame hardly the standard
requirement for a forward.
The halfback described his abilities in the loose forward trio as “powerful.”
Speaking to media afterwards, forwards coach Neil Barnes detailed the reasons behind the surprise switch.
“I want him to jump in the line outs too,” Barnes joked.
“We always train every now and then for the odd back to go into a scrum, in case you’re in a sin-bin situation.
“It’s handy if they know something about what they’re doing.”
Although it’s highly
unlikely, Weber could find himself in a scrum when the Chiefs return to
Super Rugby against the Waratahs in Wollongong this weekend.