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Super Rugby: Cool Banks sharpens his game

Marty Banks. Photo / Getty Images
Marty Banks. Photo / Getty Images

You'd struggle to find a more relaxed bloke than Marty Banks.

Very little seems to worry the Hurricanes utility but that carefree nature has arguably been a hindrance to his rugby career.

Time in the Heartland Championship, a stint in Russia and a collection of club appearances from around New Zealand was about all his CV amounted to before he delivered for Tasman in the ITM Cup last year and won a Hurricanes contract.

Training is something the 24-year-old never put too much time into as his carefree nature shone through but since his arrival in Wellington that attitude has changed. Banks has heightened his attention to recovery, while the cameras at Hurricanes training can be a reminder of what you're doing right or wrong.

"You can't really throw a bad pass because you see it over and over again when you're reviewing your game," Banks said. "That's a good thing because up until now I probably haven't worked on too many things. It's just been take it easy and float on through."

Banks has appeared in all four of the Hurricanes' games in 2014 with two starts at fullback and a pair of cameos off the bench. He has returned to the starting side for tomorrow's outing against the Highlanders in Dunedin because of an injury to James Marshall.

In other changes to the Hurricanes' side for tomorrow's game, flanker Jack Lam has returned to a revamped loose trio that will see Faifili Levave move to No 8, while Ardie Savea will start at openside. Lock Jeremy Thrush is unavailable, which means James Broadhurst will start in the second row. APNZ


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