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Weber chases international recall

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/05/2016
Brad Weber © Getty Images Brad Weber

Brad Weber is looking to turn the tables on his former province as the Chiefs prepare to tackle the Highlanders in Hamilton on Saturday.

The halfback was forced to leave Otago three years ago in search of game time before a shift to Hamilton paved the way for a call up to the All Blacks against Samoa in Apia last year.

"It was a bit of a rapid rise once I left Dunedin - it's been the best move I have ever made, and the Chiefs and Waikato have been the best fit for me really.

"It's bloody exciting to play the Highlanders as I have yet to win against them, so I'm pretty keen to rip into it," Weber said.

The 25-year-old is also looking forward to facing All Black halfback Aaron Smith as he pushes for another test cap against Wales in June.

Smith was glowing in his praise of Weber in a recent interview, revealing that the Chiefs halfback could do things that he couldn't.

"It's a massive endorsement and it was awesome to hear him say those things," Weber said.

"Smith's an awesome player and someone I have looked up to since he came onto the scene, so it will be pretty cool to play against him."

Weber's chances of an international recall have improved following injuries to Chiefs teammates Tawera Kerr Barlow and Augustine Pulu, but he remains focused on the task at hand.

"I had a chat with Ian Foster before the season about what they wanted to see me work on, but the selectors have stayed in the background otherwise.

"I'm not sure what they are thinking but what I can control is my performance at Super level, so I will just be doing my absolute best for the Chiefs and hopefully that sort of stuff takes care of itself."

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