Hurricanes tighthead prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen is remaining positive despite being ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury.
Toomaga-Allen sustained the injury in the Wellington-based franchise's loss to the Chiefs in Round 14 which ruled him out of the All Blacks' training camp at Mount Maunganui.
"As soon as it happened I knew straightaway I wouldn't be going to the camp," Toomaga-Allen told Sportal.
"I was pretty happy to be named in the squad and just really surprised so it's a bit disappointing to get injured."
He revealed that All Blacks scrum coach Mike Cron has contacted him since the injury.
"He said it was a bit unfortunate what had happened," said Toomaga-Allen.
"I just said 'well that's rugby mate. It's a contact sport'. He just said to keep trucking along and to come back stronger and better and faster."
The good news is that his injury will not require surgery which means he should return to action for Wellington during the ITM Cup.
"That's a positive I take out of it knowing I don't need surgery," added Toomaga-Allen.
"It'll be a quick eight weeks and I'll be back for the ITM Cup so I'm looking forward to that."
It will also give him a chance to play himself into contention for a spot in the All Blacks squad for the end of year tour.
"Knowing that I'm coming back to play is excitement enough for me," said the 22-year-old.
"I'll worry about the All Blacks later. The All Blacks will always be there. But Wellington, I really want to push for a championship. That's the next goal."