Vito ready to fill in at lock for NZ

Date published: August 13 2015

Victor Vito is ready to step into the second row for New Zealand this weekend in their re-match with Australia.

The Hurricanes flanker is set to start at six at Eden Park with no direct second row cover on the bench given the selection of Jerome Kaino and Sam Cane.

"There's potential for that [to play lock]. It just depends on how the subs come in. That's another string you want to add to your bow," Vito told Stuff.

"The more options that are available to the coaches in terms of your skill sets the better. That's something that could happen at the weekend."

Vito had an excellent season with the Hurricanes and has now been rewarded for his good form and will make his first start of the year having been a replacement in the win over the Springboks at Ellis Park.

"The fact that the opportunity came at all was probably a big surprise. I've been in this team to cover both six and eight for a long time so covering six is another opportunity," he added.

"It's definitely been my best season in the last three or four years. That's the beauty of coming off a campaign I just had with the Hurricanes. You've got confidence in the way you've been doing things.

"There's nothing you need to try and brush up on. This is a big test match so the intensity will be different but by and large it's just making sure you nail your role.

"Confidence is a massive thing for any player. Some guys can tell themselves they are there and others might need some reassurance from the way they've been playing and I'm probably the latter. Hopefully that form carries on to the weekend."