Chiefs set out to avoid big injuries

Date published: December 18 2015

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot hopes that a change in approach to the team's fitness and conditioning will reduce their number of injuries in 2016.

The 2012 and 2013 champions have been hit hard by injuries over the last two seasons which have derailed their campaigns, including the loss of fly-half Aaron Cruden this year.

By adjusting their approach, Elliot believes the Chiefs can avoid some of those setbacks which have hit them hard in the past.

"I think this year and 2014 we were pretty unfortunate in terms of the injuries that we had," Elliott told Stuff.

"We can't put the blame on us having injuries because we've still got to go out and win. But when you get senior players that have season-ending injuries, in hindsight, it's going to leave a big hole in your team.

"This year the trainers are listening to the boys a lot more in terms of how they're feeling.

"We've found over the last couple of seasons that we didn't listen to our bodies enough, so there's a few injuries that were probably avoidable."

Elliot is also ready to take on a more senior role within the Chiefs squad after the departure of a number of experienced players.

He added: "The coach has given me responsibility as one of the leaders in the team.

"We've got a good bunch of enthusiastic young fellas coming on board this year, and it's our responsibility as leaders to make their transition from where they've come from to coming into our environment as seamless as possible."