Faumuina makes his case to go to RWC

Date published: August 29 2015

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina will now wait to see if the New Zealand coaching staff decide to take him to the World Cup.

Faumuina came through 40 minutes for Auckland in Saturday's ITM Cup loss to Canterbury at Eden Park.

The tighthead was noticeably short on match fitness but still has time to build that up before the tournament begins should he be selected in the All Blacks' group of 31.

"I got a hit on the shoulder, but other than that, pretty happy to come out with no other injuries," Faumuina told Stuff.

"You can do as much training as you like, but once it comes to the game it's different.

"Hopefully I'll get a couple more games to get that game fitness up and be a bit more useful around the field."

Faumuina was also backed by the opposition coach Scott Robertson to put in the required work to get fit in time for the tournament.

"You know he hasn't played for a little while and then he showed some touches where you saw what a class footballer he is," said Robertson.

"If the All Blacks pick him he's got a bit of work to do in this period of time, but if anyone can do that it's Nic Gill their trainer, so all the best to him."