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Hansen backs "world-class" Jane

15th October 2013 06:59


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Back in the fold: Cory Jane

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen doesn't believe Cory Jane is being rushed back too soon after sitting most of the year out with injury.

Jane was surprisingly named in the New Zealand squad for the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia this weekend in Dunedin and for the upcoming November Internationals in Europe.

A starter in the Rugby World Cup Final win two years ago, Jane has played 120 minutes for Wellington since his comeback from a ruptured knee - enough time for Hansen to be satisfied enough to include him.

"A world-class player who got injured, who's now come back gone through a really good rehab programme, come back and played 40 minutes then 80 minutes, which is plenty of rugby as far as we're concerned," said Hansen.

For the 30-year-old Jane, the Bledisloe Cup might have been already won by New Zealand but the Hurricanes wing insists motivation will not be an issue, as he eagerly hopes to get back onto the field.

"It's a game against Australia, so every time the All Blacks go out there and perform, whether they are a bit tired or fatigued, they want to win and they want to perform well, " Jane told ONE News.

"I don't think that is going to be a problem this weekend.

"It's good to come down here and be part of it. I'm hoping I can inject a bit of excitement and enthusiasm in there, because I haven't been in the team the whole year.

"I will try and do my part and pick the guys up."

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