Vito: We are ready to front up

Date published: September 28 2015

Victor Vito revealed that New Zealand are looking forward to facing a physical battle against Georgia on Friday.

The flanker indicated that he and his fellow forwards feel as if they could improve on their physicality against The Lelos when they meet for the first time at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

"We haven't really fronted physically as much as we needed to in the past couple of games," said the Hurricanes veteran. 

"With the Georgians and the way they play they are going to present us with a great opportunity to bring out those aspects, and for us to front physically with a pack that isn't going to take a backward step.

"That's what we'll look to bring on Friday and that's what the Georgians will bring in bucket-loads." 

The 28-year-old added that the completion within the squad is a great motivating factor for the players.

"Competition is something we've had to deal with in this team positionally for quite a bit," added Vito.

"But that same challenge is there every week and the coaches may name a team but that doesn't mean that the other guys have got their heads down. If anything it makes those guys even more important, to make sure the guys that are running out know their tasks.

"Conversely, when those guys come on they need to make sure they don't have a brain explosion because they don't know their roles. Competition is a really good thing in this team, it pushes us right to the edge."

All Black stalwart Ma'a Nonu is expected to run on against Georgia and earn his 100th international cap. Vito's fellow flanker, Jerome Kaino, heaped praise on the centre.

"It will be awesome for him and his family," said the Auckland Blues loose forward.

"It would be special to hopefully run out with him as he achieves that. For a lot of us he's been a guy that we've looked up to and followed for most of our professional careers in the All Blacks, so to share that with him would be special."