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Kahu to return Kiwis No.1 jumper to RTS

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/02/2017
Jordan Kahu © AAP Image/Dave Hunt Jordan Kahu

The return of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck from injury may take the Kiwis No.1 jumper off the table but Jordan Kahu says he's keen to fill in elsewhere.

The Broncos ace took up the reins at fullback for the Kiwis in last year's Four Nations, playing three games as they fell in the final to Australia.

But with the impending return of new Warriors captain Tuivasa-Sheck from an ACL tear, Kahu may find time in the black and white No.1 shirt harder to come by.

The 26-year-old told NZN he saw himself as a fullback but was more than happy to play at wing or centre to earn a Kiwis berth.

That versatility would be particularly important with a Rugby League World Cup on home soil around the corner.

"I always said that when Roger's back, I'm happy to give the jersey up for him, he's the No.1 for the Kiwis," Kahu said.

"I was just happy to fill the role when he was missing.

"Anything for the black and white jumper, I'll be happy to sit on the bench."

Playing primarily on the wing, Kahu nabbed 15 tries for the Broncos in 2016 as he helped drive the side towards the NRL finals.

But the acquisition of David Mead for 2017 may push Kahu into the centres, where he has been seen training during Broncos pre-season.

The Wellingtonian said he saw this weekend's Auckland Nines as a mini-trial for the vacant spots in the Broncos line-up, including left centre.

"Everyone's going to come here and impress their coaches and I'm probably looking to do the same," Kahu said.

"I'm just trying to play my best footy."

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