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Hames happy to serve as All Blacks cover

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/10/2016 Angelo Risso

Head coach Dave Rennie said both signings were important acquisitions for the Chiefs. © Mark Nolan/Getty Images Head coach Dave Rennie said both signings were important acquisitions for the Chiefs. Tasman front rower Kane Hames says he's ready, willing and able to step into the All Blacks fold if injury strikes one of coach Steve Hansen's northern tour props and will even put his hand up for a place on the wing.

Hames, 28, has been named in the Maori All Blacks squad to take on USA Eagles in Chicago and Munster and Harlequins in Europe next month.

However Hansen, speaking to reporters on Sunday, said Hames would be called across to the Test side if misfortune befell one of his travelling front rowers.

Hansen used Hames' presence with New Zealand Maori to tweak his roster, naming just five props and eight loose forwards for their Tests against Ireland twice, Italy and France.

"Hames will be with New Zealand Maori, so if we need one we'll hook him straight over," Hansen said.

"He'll get game time for them and be fit, but if he was with us he probably wouldn't get the same amount of game time."

Hames told NZ Newswire on the eve of Tasman's provincial championship grand final that he had no qualms with Hansen's decision, and was ready to fill in whenever necessary.

His August debut against Australia in Sydney was one of the best moments of his life.

"I'm rapt to be in that position and if something happens to any other person and they need me to step up, I'll make sure I'm as right as possible," Hames said.

"I'm ready to slot into the wing if they need me."

Next week's match against USA in Chicago will mark Hames' first appearance for the Maori All Blacks since a breakout campaign for Bay of Plenty in 2013.

The return to the Maori jumper caps off a solid comeback season for Hames after the Chiefs picked him up from the Highlanders as injury cover, making nine appearances for the side..

"It was a special experience the first time and it'll be a special experience every time I chuck on a jersey for the Maori All Blacks," Hames said.

Hames' Makos outfit take on a much-fancied Canterbury in the NPC final on Saturday, looking to secure their first ever Premiership crown.

The Cantabrians, meanwhile, will look to nab their eighth title in nine years and have home advantage.

Hames said he was looking to give something back to the province after joining in 2015.

"It's not only to go off on tour on a good note, but to be one of the history-making teams of Tasman," Hames said.

"It's something we'd like to do for the region."

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