Hurricanes rookie Fletcher Smith is looking to learn as much as he can from All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett, but also wants to push him for the starting spot in the team.
The 23-year-old has been named to start for the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby opener against the Waratahs in Manly on Saturday and Smith wants to make the most of the moment.
"Definitely want to push all season, competition's healthy within every position," said Smith.
"Obviously having Beauden there I can soak up everything off him and improve my skills. But definitely want to push him as well this year."
Smith told media yesterday that he has his work cut out for him this season for the 'Canes with two other players pushing for his position.
"Jacko [Jackson Garden-Bachop] and Jimmy Marshall are both quality players who've played 10," said Smith.
"So there's definitely a lot of competition around that side so I've got the opportunity this week, but that's all it is."
"I've got to go out there and nail it to try and put my foot forward for next week."
Smith made his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders in 2016.
Last year, Smith played for Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup competition and credits the Mooloos for helping him improve his attacking game.