‘Ardie deserves to start’ – Gibbins

Date published: July 3 2015

Hurricanes flanker Callum Gibbins knows he could start in Saturday's Super Rugby Final against the Highlanders but genuinely hopes to be on the bench.

The 25-year-old tearaway is set to wear the number seven jersey in the Wellington clash if first-choice openside flanker Ardie Savea fails to recover from a knee injury.

And although he admits that Savea is more deserving of a place in the Hurricanes' run-on side than him, Gibbins backs himself to do a good job if he starts against the Highlanders.

"I really feel for Ardie and I told him he's got all the time in the world to get right and he thoroughly deserves that No 7 jersey, but if he doesn't come right I'm ready to go," he told Fairfax Media.  

"It's a tough one, but I've had it a few times this year with guys under injury clouds. 

"You just have to prepare like you are playing and do your best to get your head in the right spot."

Gibbins was not part of the Hurricanes' matchday squad for the semi-final and admitted that being involved in the final, be it in the starting line-up or off the bench, would be the realisation of a dream.

"It's nice to know I've got a spot in the 23 regardless of Ardie," he added.

"Playing in a final like this is something I've dreamed of since I was a little kid so to be involved is going to be awesome.

"I'm rapt how the season has gone. I've got more game time than I thought I'd get. I have a few things I want to work on, but I've got a lot of confidence if I play on Saturday."