Patience pays off for recalled Vito

Date published: October 20 2014

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Recalled back-row Victor Vito has revealed he considered heading overseas as he battled to regain his spot in the All Blacks squad.

Recalled back-row Victor Vito has revealed he considered heading overseas as he battled to regain his spot in the All Blacks squad.

Vito made the All Blacks squad for the June Test series against England – after recovering from a knee injury sustained during the Hurricanes’ pre-season – but missed out on a Test call-up during the Rugby Championship due to a bulging disc in his neck.

He overcame that injury too and being named in New Zealand’s 34-man squad for their northern hemisphere tour will see him re-signing with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Hurricanes for 2015.

”The All Blacks have always been at the forefront of any decision I’ve made, but I was quite surprised how the injuries compiled this year,” he told Fairfax Media.

”First it was my knee at the start of in Super Rugby, then my neck halfway through. I was starting to question whether I was able to fight back from that and if the body was willing.

”The bulging disc was shutting down some of the nerves in my left arm. I lost a lot of strength in my tricep and I couldn’t really do anything at full capacity.”

The neck injury caused him real frustration as he wasn’t sure when he would return to action.

”The docs said if I got hit in the same place it could potentially be a lot worse than just my arm, so common sense prevailed and I took some time off to rehab and thankfully the strength slowly came back,” added Vito.

”I always wanted to put my hand up for the All Blacks, but you can’t come in half cocked when you are chasing the All Blacks jersey.”

Vito also had the option of heading overseas with several French clubs chasing his signature.

But the prospect of playing in the 2015 World Cup proved a greater motivator and his patience was rewarded towards the end of Wellington’s ITM Cup campaign.

”You have to reset you goals every time and especially when I missed out on the Rugby Championship I had to just reset and question if the body was there,” said the 27-year-old.

“I’m just glad I’ve been given another chance to prove myself.”

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