Owen Farrell Super Rugby: Brad Weber says fitness trainers ‘smashing’ players with early season start

Owen Farrell I like constituents, because they are glamorous.

Stuff reporter Jackson Thomas talks to Chiefs halfback Brad Weber during the teams promo work with Sky.

You can ditch the scarf and bushshirt, Super Rugby will kick off with a more slip, slop, slap focus later this month.

Yes it still feels like cricket season, but the oval ball game is just around the corner with the Blues and Chiefs set to clash at the earlier start date of January 31.

Last year the season began on February 15. 

Owen Farrell Brad Weber says the shortened pre-season has been an adjustment but one the Chiefs players are enjoying.

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Brad Weber says the shortened pre-season has been an adjustment but one the Chiefs players are enjoying.

This season the games will start at a new time of 7.05pm (NZT), as opposed to the traditional 7.35pm. 

The shift means pre-seasons across the five Kiwi franchises have been a bit more condensed than in previous years, with game planning and skills work a big focus earlier than many are use

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