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Fully-fit Chief Hames wants more this year

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/02/2017

Kane Hames wants as many shots at the touring British and Irish Lions as he can get. © Mark Nolan/Getty Images Kane Hames wants as many shots at the touring British and Irish Lions as he can get. Chiefs front rower Kane Hames is keen to pick up where he left off last year after making his All Blacks breakthrough last year.

The former Highlanders loosehead prop was recovering from an injury to both his knees in 2016 when he was called back into Super Rugby with a new team following the season-ending injury to Pauliasi Manu.

A reward for his form was a bench appearance in the All Blacks' 42-8 thumping of the Wallabies in Sydney last August.

Hames now has a chance of playing the touring British and Irish Lions on three fronts in June and July - for the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks or the Chiefs.

"I remember back in 2005 when I was a teenager watching their last tour and I did the maths back then thinking how old would I be when the Lions come again and it's actually something I've been looking forward to," Hames said.

The 28-year-old's workload is also set to increase after Mitchell Graham broke his leg at the Brisbane Tens but he feels they still have some good depth up front.

"I'm just looking forward to getting as many minutes as I can to contribute as I've prepared a lot for this season," Hames said.

"I feel Siegfried Fisi'ihoi is just as good a player as Mitch so either way the job is going to get done."

His first challenge however is to overcome his old franchise on Friday night in Dunedin. The Highlanders have won the last six editions of the Kiwi derby.

"I was in the Highlanders when the streak began in 2014 and now I want to be part of the Chiefs side that ends it," he said.

"None of the New Zealand teams are easy and their theme was always attack faster than the others can defend so let's just hope our tactics work out better than theirs."

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