21 Mar 2014

Sport: Hurricanes' Samoan backrow ready to get physical

12:09 pm on 21 March 2014

The Hurricanes' Samoan loose forward trio is hoping to bring plenty of physicality to Friday's crunch Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders.

It may be early season but both teams are already at a crossroads having won just one game apiece in the first four rounds.

All Black apprentice Ardie Savea, who is of Samoan descent, will make his second start in the number seven jersey, with Manu Samoa internationals Jack Lam and Faifili Levave moving to the blindside flank and number eight respectively.

Lam says they will look to utilise their physical strengths in Dunedin.

"As a loose forward trio we've been working hard on what we could contribute to the team and I guess that side of the physicality is what we've been working on in trying to bring in to lift the boys and I guess it's been working so hopefully we can carry that on".

Jack Lam says his time with Manu Samoa last year has given him more confidence coming back into the Super Rugby environment.