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Jane focused on making things happen for Canes

Cory Jane is motivated and excited about the upcoming season

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Article Published: Monday 17 February 2014|

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All Blacks and Hurricanes winger Cory Jane is motivated and focused heading into the Super Rugby season having missed most of last year due to injury.

Jane injured his right knee at an open training session before the 2013 Super Rugby season had even begun and he missed the rest of the season.

While he spent time on the sidelines Jane was overtaken in the international pecking order by Charles Piutau and Julian Savea had cemented his place on the left wing so the Hurricanes winger had to break back into the team.

The All Black winger did however return later in the season and featured for the All Blacks on their end of year tour.

Even though he helped the All Blacks finish the year unbeaten Jane was not happy with how he finished the year.

"I wasn't quite where I wanted to be but I still played and was injury free. So I guess that was the plus side," Jane told Stuff.

"I've had a pre-season now, done a lot of leg weights which you need when you have a knee injury. It's like before I was injured, so I'm feeling excited again.

"I've got to prove I can still play at an elite level -- not just go out and be a rugby player. I still want to make things happen."

Jane has past experience in proving himself as in 2011 he missed out on All Black selection for the TriNations after a below par Super Rugby season and snuck back into the squad as injury cover.

The winger took a bit of time but he was soon back to his best and went on to win the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks.

"I knew I had to get my act together and work hard because the pressure wasn't on me, the pressure is on the guys who are starting in the All Blacks jersey. "

"They have to work hard every week because I'm coming for them. That's the mentality I've got now. I'm not done."

In the last four years the Hurricanes haven't finished higher than eighth and Jane is focused on helping the Hurricanes lose their under-achiever tag this season.

"We've got so much talent, but we've just been too shaky over the last couple of years.

"We've worked a lot in the pre-season on everyone knowing their roles and everyone being held accountable now. You walk in the kitchen and someone just put a plate down without washing it. Bang! Hit him with it - 'clean your plate'. "

"Those little things are important because if you skim over them it's going to be like that for the whole year."

Jane said that the players spoke at the end of the Hurricanes Super Rugby season last year and this has led to the franchise taking on defence and skills specialists and the whole outfit is a touch more pragmatic.

"Every team wants to have fun, but it's picking your time when you do it," Jane says.

"In the past we've got caught in a game and don't know how to change. So if it's fast-paced we enjoy it, and then if it slows down we're still trying to play fast-paced."

"That's something we need to do better this year."

 
 
 
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