Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.
Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna charges forward. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna is looking to conclude his push to play for New Zealand and instead don the shirt of Tonga in November and the RWC.
The 23-year-old was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012 but hasn’t yet made his debut due to fitness concerns expressed by Steve Hansen.
Speight played for Waikato from 2008 to 2011. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs boss Dave Rennie was left ruing the one “that got away” after Brumbies flyer Henry Speight’s showing in Saturday’s play-off in Canberra.
Although he did not manage to score one of the Brumbies’ four tries, Speight proved a real handful in his side’s 32-30 victory.
He kept the Chiefs defenders on their toes, gaining 186 metres, 13 tackle busts, two linebreaks, three offloads and 13 runs.
Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo is taking a break with the Crusaders this week and plan to host their semi-finals at home on July 26. Photo: Planet Rugby
The Crusaders home semi-final has been confirmed following the Sharks’ failure to score four tries and win by 35 points against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.
By finishing the season as the competition’s two highest-ranked conference winners, the Waratahs (58 points, 12 wins) and the Crusaders (51 points, 11 wins) have earned the week off and progress straight to the Super Rugby Semi Finals.