Hurricanes not distracted by Savea's rugby league comments

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Savea said making the switch would give him a chance to represent Samoa, something he had always wanted to do.

 

Gibbes wasn't surprised by the comments.

 

"He's a competitive athlete and he's not the first guy that's talked about different codes, in this case, it's rugby league but we haven't talked about it too much because at the end of the day Ardie's part of us and he's working his way to getting back into our team and helping us prepare as well as we can for the game so it hasn't really dominated too much of our discussions.

 

"Ardie's part of us, we want him long term and we want to win a championship and we want him to be part of it," he said.

 

As the side prepare to play the Sunwolves at SKY Stadium after their bye week, Gibbes said the side's scrum had a good start to the campaign and Dan Cron had done a good job in that department.

 

"But we're not getting ahead of ourselves, we've got a lot of work to do and although things are ticking along ok it's not to the standard we set ourselves and where we want to be, so every day we turn up is about making sure we get better.

 

 

"I know that sounds a cliché but it genuinely is, so that we know we have to be on because if we don't we'll get opened up and that's not what we're about," he said.

 

There was disappointment that wing Ben Lam would leave the side at the end of the season to transfer to Bordeaux in France.

 

"Anytime you lose a player of Ben's quality, you've got to soak that up a bit. He's made a decision about what's right for his future," he said.

 

Lam said he felt it was time for a change, he was getting older and wanted to see a bit of the world. He had consulted with former Crusader Seta Tamanivalu, who is playing for Bordeaux, and his former Auckland teammate Simon Hickey, who is now in Edinburgh but who had three seasons in Bordeaux, before making his decision

 

"I definitely haven't fallen out of love with rugby here, the level of competition is always high and it gets you out of bed in the morning. I enjoy playing every game for the Hurricanes and I'm definitely looking forward to finishing out the season," he said.

 

He said in relation to higher honours, he had done all that he could by putting himself in the action to play as hard as he could and he would continue to do that.

 

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