Vaea Fifita’s teammates are backing him to bounce back after being dropped from the All Blacks, when he pulls on the number six jersey for the Wellington Lions this weekend.

He will line up in the back row alongside stand-in captain Thomas Waldrom, who last played for the Lions in 2009.

“He’s put his head down and is working hard, and the best thing for him is just going out there and performing well on Sunday.

“That’s all he can do – work hard and put his hand up at every opportunity. And if there’s injuries, you want to be the next one off the rank,” Waldrom said of Fifita today.

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Fifita, 26, was a notable omission from Hansen’s side to face Australia, Argentina and South Africa, returning to play for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup instead.

Hansen himself gave the reasoning that he wasn’t going to pick Fifita as a loose forward, having played the past Super Rugby season as a lock.

However, Hansen’s rationale is contradicted by the selection of Highlanders forward Jackson Hemopo, who fits into the exact same category.

Speaking to Stuff, Fifita said he was confused by his coach’s reasoning for his exclusion.

“He told me that. But when I saw he got interviewed and he said he signed Hemopo to six, not lock, I kind of feel like he’s not telling me the truth,” Fifita said.

Fifita also said that he prefers his role at number six, as opposed to in the second row.

“I like six because I can use my athleticism to do what I can do on the outside, rather than just stay tight and do the hard work like running into a brick wall and getting your body tired.”

Fifita will get the chance to prove his worth as a blindside flanker, for Wellington against Otago in this weekend’s Mitre 10 Cup opener on Sunday.

(Source:TVNZ One News)

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