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Harris pleased after return from injury

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/05/2017

Nathan Harris of the All Blacks © Phil Walter/Getty Images Nathan Harris of the All Blacks Nathan Harris is delighted to have made a successful return to the Chiefs, playing 25 minutes off the bench in their 46-17 thumping of the Queensland Reds in New Plymouth on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old injured his knee at an All Blacks training camp last August, which has kept him out of Super Rugby up until now.

It's the second major injury the Bay of Plenty hooker has had to overcome after breaking his ankle in a test match against the United States in Chicago in 2014.

"I played a game of club rugby last weekend and that was pretty nerve racking as you're playing your first game out of surgery so I was a little bit anxious," Harris said.

"I'm sort of the running joke of New Zealand rugby with my injuries and long ones at that so it's good to be back with the boys."

He was on track for a return last month for the Chiefs but decided to delay his comeback due to his past experience.

"I just wanted to make sure I took my time because I know with my ankle I didn't take my time and something happened so those are the repercussions," he said.

"I did a lot of hard work and made sure it was right by the surgeon because obviously they're the ones that put you back together so I was looking to him for advice."

Harris also has one eye on the British and Irish Lions who arrive in New Zealand next month for a ten match tour, revealing he's also eligible to play for New Zealand Maori.

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