WELLINGTON – Vaea Fifita is well aware he has one last chance to convince All Blacks coach Steve Hansen that he deserves one of the few remaining slots up for grabs in his Rugby World Cup squad, the coach of the loose forward’s provincial side has said.
Fifita was one of nine players released to appear for their local sides in New Zealand’s provincial championship this weekend, with Hansen giving them the opportunity to impress before naming his World Cup squad next Wednesday.
“He’s got a lot to play for,” Wellington coach Chris Gibbes told reporters on Wednesday.
“He’s coming back full of energy and excitement. He knows as well as the whole country that there’s a lot to play for.”
The 27-year-old Fifita, who started against Argentina and came off the bench against South Africa last month, was not included in the match-day squad for the two Bledisloe Cup matches against Australia.