Jamie Mackintosh has been around in Super Rugby longer than you think, and he is back with the Chiefs again this year eyeing a big season.
After making his Super Rugby debut with the Highlanders back in 2007, Mackintosh has amassed over 80 caps during his tenures for two of the bigger clubs in New Zealand.
He also has a single All Black appearance to his name.
Fresh off playing every game and every minute for Southland in last years ITM Cup, Mackintosh is back in Hamilton training hard in the Chiefs’ infamously tough pre season regime, talked about as being one of the most physically tortuous camps for any side in Super Rugby prior to the season beginning in February.
Mackintosh has been putting in a lot of work in the scrums so far during pre season.
“A constant work on for me is my scrummaging. These new rules have been a lot to get used to but we have been doing a lot in pre season.”
Mackintosh has been working on his lower body strength to help with his ability in the scrum including some olympic style lifting up in Auckland three to four times per week.
Mackintosh says he has met some great new friends in the Chiefs environment and has learnt a lot under the coaching of Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith.
Mackintosh has one more year left on his contract with the Chiefs.
Comparing the environment to that of the Highlanders, Mackintosh said that players have more responsibility during the week and have input on the game plans in the Chiefs environment, something that Mackintosh believes puts the emphasis on the players to make success and make decisions that benefit the team.
“There is probably a bit more player input and probably a bit more buy in, but both environments I really enjoyed it is a bit hotter up here. Down there we get four seasons in one day but up here with the heat and the consistency I guess it is a bit tougher for the training but it is better for the moral.”
Mackintosh will be a regular starter for the Chiefs in 2015 and will likely prop alongside Ben Tameifuna.