Hooker Brayden Mitchell says return to Super Rugby setup 'pretty surreal' video

Southland hooker Brayden Mitchell is training and playing with the Chiefs at the moment.
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Southland hooker Brayden Mitchell is training and playing with the Chiefs at the moment.

​Brayden Mitchell doesn't know how long his time with the Chiefs will end up lasting, but the Southland hooker is determined to make the most of it, however long it is.

He joined the Chiefs before Christmas as injury cover for Nathan Harris who tore his ACL in his knee in August while training with the All Blacks.

Mitchell has been contracted through to May at this stage, which is when Harris is scheduled to return.

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The 2016 Stags player of the year is just focused on working hard during whatever time he has in the Super Rugby setup.

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"I'll just keep my head down and bum up and anything can happen. I've been in this situation before and I've ended up staying longer than I was meant to.

"It is awesome to come up here and train with these guys, especially after I had that leg injury and layoff a couple of years ago.

"To be back playing Super Rugby is pretty surreal, I honestly didn't think it would ever happen again."

Mitchell got a start in a preseason hit out against South African team the Bulls in Australia last week but was forced from the field in the first half because of a head knock.

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If he passes the concussion protocols he is hopeful to get more game time in the Chiefs' final preseason fixture against the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

Hamilton is a familiar place for Mitchell considering he spent two seasons with Waikato in 2013 and 2014.

He is living with Chiefs first five-eighth-fullback Damian McKenzie during his time in Hamilton.

Mitchell said the only frustrating aspect at the moment was the heat.

"It's been pretty warm up here and when we went to Aussie it was even hotter.

"I've been sweating at nights so maybe that will help me get fitter," he joked.

 - Stuff

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