Mealamu to break Super Rugby record

Date published: March 3 2015

Keven Mealamu will become the most capped player in the history of Super Rugby this weekend provided he features against the Lions.

The All Black and Blues hooker is in line for his 163rd game of Super Rugby in Auckland against the Lions, as the Blues try to record a first win of the season at the fourth time of asking.

Mealamu has missed all three defeats so far this campaign, but should make his first appearance in his 15th season with the side on Saturday, overtaking former Wallaby lock Nathan Sharpe in the process.

"I'm playing with guys that when I was playing my first game were probably about five years old so I think that probably puts it in perspective, but I think I arrive here with the same energy and the same enthusiasm that they arrive with so I think we're still on a level playing field," he said.

Meanwhile coach Sir John Kirwan believes his team are not too far away, despite a nightmare start to their campaign.

The Blues are already playing catch-up in the New Zealand conference, but Kirwan feels the system is in place, even if the results aren't yet coming.

"We're preparing properly, we've just got to be patient and nail that victory," the coach said.
"But it's about the process and I've been really happy about the process this season and for me we're travelling pretty well."