Jacobson keeps perspective ahead of Chiefs return

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Fully recovered from the concussion issues that affected his 2019 season and forced him home early from the Rugby World Cup, Jacobson said he was keen to get as much consistent game time as possible with the Chiefs to put himself in consideration for an All Blacks recall.

 

Jacobson is hopeful of being ready for action in round three. Preparation had been going well and he was looking to up the level of contact over the next few weeks.

 

"I could have been back a little earlier but I thought I might as well take the time off seeing as I had just had a decent stint [out of the game].

 

"I haven't had any symptoms for the last three months so everything has been going good with the head, training has been going good as well so [I'm] just looking forward to getting out there," he said.

 

While it had been frustrating to have to come home from the Rugby World Cup before a ball had been kicked in anger, there hadn't been any rugby played since then so watching on while others played had not been an issue in his recovery.

 

"It was good to just chill out with all the other boys and have a good summer but now that footy is starting to get played again it's like when you are watching you are keen to get out there," he said.

 

"I might get a little frustrated over the next couple of weeks but I know I don't have long to wait," he said.

 

Jacobson felt in the four-year World Cup cycle that the Chiefs had done well to retain most of their players from last year while at the same time having some good young players coming through who were putting their hands up.

 

"I like to think we've got a little bit of depth there this year and I think the coach has done a good job," he said.

 

New coach Warren Gatland had settled in well with the side and had been 'chipping away' at getting things together.

 

"The players like him because he's got a short training model. You're sort of in and you're out. He's got a good understanding of what it is like to be a player and how to get the best out of us."

 

In the past training might have involved two hours or more, but Gatland liked to keep players fresh and not have them standing around too much.

 

"That puts a bit of pressure on coaches to have their stuff sorted out. The players enjoy it because there's a lot higher tempo at training, you're pretty stuffed for that hour or whatever it is but I think you feel a bit fresher that night through not being on your feet as long," he said.

 

Having had a taste of All Blacks rugby last year, Jacobson was keen to add to his international experience. But he realised he needed to get some consistent games under his belt with the Chiefs first.

 

"I'll be trying my best to get back there. I got a little bit of a taste and I really liked it. I'm hungry to get back there and to try and see what I can do," he said.