Off the building site and into the Chiefs for Taranaki flanker Lachlan Boshier

Taranaki's Lachlan Boshier has been called into the Chiefs' squad to replace the injured Sam Henwood.
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Taranaki's Lachlan Boshier has been called into the Chiefs' squad to replace the injured Sam Henwood.

Lachlan Boshier's knees have stood the test of time on the building site until now, and he's hoping they can continue to hold firm so he doesn't become the latest victim of the Chiefs' injury curse.

The 21-year-old Taranaki openside flanker has been called in to the Super Rugby squad after Sam Henwood's season was declared over, having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against the Blues. Henwood was himself a replacement for Mitchell Karpik, who suffered the exact same injury in the first pre-season game of the year.

So it would be entirely understandable if Boshier has his reservations about his callup.

"We've had a few little chats about that, I better watch out, I think the seven jersey's a bit cursed at the moment with the old knees," Boshier quipped.

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"I think Sam's [Cane] hanging in there."

Coach Dave Rennie said Boshier was plumped for over Waikato's Mitch Jacobson, as the latter had a New Zealand Under-20 campaign looming.

Boshier had trained with the team for a few weeks in pre-season, then got the call last Wednesday, telling him to come in on Sunday, and be ready for Monday.

He was still living in New Plymouth, finishing his building apprenticeship, while coming up and training with the Chiefs one day a week and playing for the development team when they had a game. But now Boshier has been scratched from the development team's trip to Hong Kong, and has moved up fulltime, with James Tucker and Mitchell Graham - who he knew from the New Zealand Under-20s and Taranaki respectively - having a spare room for him. So far so good.

"The cooking's not too bad at the moment, by them," Boshier said.

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"I don't know when it's my turn though."

During his time at New Plymouth Boys' High School, Boshier captained the 1st XV and made the New Zealand secondary schools side. In 2014 he was in the New Zealand Under-20s for the world championship in Auckland, linking up with fellow future Chiefs Tucker, Tom Sanders and Damian McKenzie. Later that year Boshier made his NPC debut, playing the final round robin game of Taranaki's title-winning season, then went on to play eight matches for the amber and blacks last year - five of which were from the bench.

No. 7 remains his preferred spot but Boshier said with the way the game's changing you have to be versatile, and he doesn't mind the extra ball carrying that comes with blindside and No. 8.

His main goal is centred around having a big NPC this year and earning a contract with the Chiefs for next season, but while he has this opportunity he's going to see what he can make of it. The older heads have told him to "just train hard and earn a bit of respect and put your best foot forward".

"If I get any game time then I'll just take it with both hands and go hard," Boshier said.

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