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Hard luck Highlander James Lentjes looking at comeback after horror injury run

Highlanders loose forward James Lentjes had a horrid run of injuries from 2017-2018, but confirmed today he's 100 per cent fit and ready for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

The 28-year-old had serious elbow, shoulder and neck injuries over the last two years.

Lentjes says the goal this year is to stay fit and play good rugby for his Super Rugby franchise.

"Probably stay fit and not get injured," said Lentjes.

"I've had a good pre-season, the last couple of years have been pretty disruptive with injuries.

"I'm feeling in good shape, I've done all of pre-season and just really want to get stuck in."

The openside flanker said he has put on four kilograms and will battle it out with his teammates for a starting spot.

James Lentjes of the Highlanders makes a run during a Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 14th July 2017. Credit: Joe Allison / www.photosport.nz
James Lentjes of the Highlanders makes a run during a Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds. Source: Photosport

"It's obviously going to be competitive through the loose forwards, we’ve got good loose forwards," Lentjes said.

He will have a tough task in duking it out with All Blacks forwards Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire, Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt and former All Black Elliot Dixon for position in the Highlanders 23 man squad on game day.

The Highlanders begin their Super Rugby campaign against the Chiefs this Saturday at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.

Lentjes suffered a dislocated elbow and went onto needing shoulder reconstruction in 2017. Source: 1 NEWS