Slade: I will play anywhere

Date published: September 23 2015

New Zealand's Colin Slade revealed that he is just happy to get on the park for the first time at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Thursday.

After the utility back was left out of the match day 23 that faced Argentina, All Black head coach Steve Hansen picked Slade at full-back for Thursday's clash against Namibia.

Slade has earned his stripes at fly-half for the Crusaders during several Super Rugby seasons, only stepping out of the pivot spot for the mercurial Dan Carter. He often moved to inside centre or to full-back.

When asked about his preferred position, Slade revealed that it was not really up to him.

"I leave it up to the coach, mate," quipped the 27-year-old.

"I'm comfortable anywhere and just looking forward to the challenge. It’s not ideal, but you roll with it. We prepare well enough every week, regardless of whether we are playing. If I get that opportunity [at 10] I am ready to go."

The former Highlanders player has definitely bulked up over the course of the 2015 season, but played it down in the press conference.

"Not really…it's just a couple of good angles and camera shots," he said before turning to Victor Vito, who starts at eighth man on Thursday.

"Victor on the other hand…."