Super Rugby 2019: Damian McKenzie bringing All Blacks experience back to Chiefs

All Black utility Damian McKenzie is eager to get back on the field for the Chiefs, after missing last week's Super Rugby opener against the Highlanders with an ankle injury.

McKenzie hopes to bring some experience he gained from playing for the national side last year.

"Last year was a massive learning curve," he said. "As a first-five, you lead the team and your game management needs to be spot on.

"I learnt a lot in Super Rugby season, and then playing alongside two of the best 10's in the country in Beauden [Barrett] and Richie [Mo'unga]."

"I look to bring that into the Chiefs, and it's something I'll look to emulate and focus on this year, as I try and drive the team around the park."

The 23-year-old has played first-five and fullback for the All Blacks, but admits he is gunning for just one of those for the Chiefs.

"I'm focusing on playing 10 here at the Chiefs, and whether it's 10 or 15, it's about being able to jump between the two and play both positions."

McKenzie is also relishing the prospect of having veteran Stephen Donald back in the team.

"It's inspiring having him back. Having his knowledge in a back-line that's pretty young is great too.

"To have that leadership and to have him around the environment has done a number of good things."


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