So'oialo not worried by Read

All Blacks loose forward relaxed despite challenge to place

Last Updated: 11/08/09 11:44am

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So'oialo: Pressure

So'oialo: Pressure

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Rodney So'oialo insists he is not overly concerned about losing his place in the New Zealand team despite the emergence Kieran Read.

"I just need to continue working hard. It's easy getting into a team - staying in there is very difficult and it's a challenge that everyone has to put up with when you make the All Blacks."
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The 29-year-old loose forward has played 56 Tests for his country but has looked out of sorts in recent matches.

So'oialo has started all three of the All Blacks' matches in the current Tri-Nations campaign but was replaced by 23-year-old Read during the defeats to South Africa in Bloemfontein and Durban.

Read's performances in those matches, as well as the June Tests against France and Italy, have led to calls for him to be given a starting berth in the next Tri-Nations fixture in Australia on August 22, but So'oialo remains unfazed.

"I'll just continue doing what I do," he said.

"Reado is a good player and so is everyone else in that (All Blacks) team.

"I just need to continue working hard. It's easy getting into a team - staying in there is very difficult and it's a challenge that everyone has to put up with when you make the All Blacks."

Frustration

Having won the opening Tri-Nations match at home to Australia, the All Blacks looked below par in the 28-19 and 31-19 defeats to the Springboks and So'oialo admits it has not been good enough.

"We haven't fired and the frustrating thing for us is not being able to pull all the stuff we've been working on together," he said.

"We didn't finish off well at all in South Africa. We've got so much to give and yet we haven't fired anything yet."

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