Discarded All Black Victor Vito will seek professional help in a bid to regain his place in Steve Hansen's Rugby Championship squad.
Discarded All Blacks back-rower Victor Vito will seek professional help as he attempts to regain his place in Steve Hansen's Rugby Championship squad.
Hansen described Vito as “probably the best athlete we've got” but urged him to “unclutter himself” and play with the freedom, intensity and physicality that has been missing.
Vito agreed that Hansen's criticism was fair and said he aims work hard to return to the All Blacks.
“By 'unclutter' I think he just means be free and just get rid of some things,” Vito told Fairfax Media.
“Sometimes less is more on the rugby field and for me, I'm someone who always wants to have a lot of information – it's probably got in the way of my game.
“He wants me to just run around and go back to what my strengths were.
“They're looking for that physicality and just that intensity for a full 80 minutes and it's something I obviously haven't shown.”
Vito will seek help from All Blacks mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka and Hurricanes professional development manager Steve Symonds in an effort to make those crucial mental adjustments.
“I probably haven't changed enough,” he said.
“You're making mental shifts in areas I've never really explored before. [That] will probably be what's needed – do a bit outside of my norm.
“Normally guys probably expect I'm just on top of it but I guess sometimes you've just got to go outside and get some of that help that you need.”
Vito would earn big money if he opted to move overseas but he is determined to fight for a recall by doing well in the ITM Cup.
“For me right now I'm quashing those sort of talks – I'm not worried about going overseas,” he revealed.
“The black jersey still holds huge importance for me and I want to stick around. I haven't written myself off.
“I still want to play well for my ITM team and just try and help Wellington achieve something that hasn't been done since 2000, and win the ITM Cup.”