In a Chiefs squad with so many options in the midfield, Anton Lienert-Brown hopes to take full advantage of every opportunity that comes his way as the Super Rugby pre season rolls on.
Lienert-Brown first caught the eye of high level performance coaches back in 2012. Playing his rugby in the midfield at second five-eighth, the next year Leinert-Brown was thrown into the Waikato Mooloos for the ITM Cup season.
Lienert-Brown also represented New Zealand during the U-20 Rugby World Cup last year.
Lienert-Brown made his Chiefs debut against the Bulls in 2014 after being brought in from the wider training squad and went on to get 3 Super Rugby caps.
For season 2015, one thing that really stands out when you look at the Chiefs side on paper is the large amount of options for the midfield in particular.
Headed by SBW, options for the centre and the midfield positions include the much talked Seta Tamanivalu and Charlie Ngatai, as well as several other utility backs who can adapt to the midfield roll including Tim Nani Williams, Andrew Horrell, and Tom Marshall.
If given the opportunity, Lienert-Brown must perform and impress the selectors.
“I have some great players in front of me at the moment but during this pre season break and into these trial games that is my chance to really push for a spot and show what I’ve got”.
The young midfielder says he has brought the ITM Cup experience with the Mooloos into the Chiefs squad this year, experience that he says has brought him confidence and the belief that he can play at the next level.
Lienert-Brown played 9 games for the Mooloos during the ITM Cup, scoring 2 tries with 68 carries and a tackling success rate of 83%.
Lienert-Brown also said that Tim Nani Williams has been really supportive so far during Chiefs camp, and mentioned that playing alongside the likes of SBW is a thrill.
With only two pre season games, and the much talked about Seta Tamanivalu likely to join SBW in the midfield, the young but clearly talented Anton Lienert-Brown must take full advantage of any game time opportunities the selectors give him this season or a chance to become a regular starter in 2015 may be gone.
He has a long road ahead of him in 2015, but Anton Lienert-Brown has been touted as capable and will be pushing to prove his pedigree.