Scott Waldrom

Scott Waldrom made his name as a tearaway openside flanker for Taranaki, the Hurricanes and the Chiefs from 2004-2012. Waldrom made one appearance for the All Blacks in the historic encounter against Munster in 2008. As a sevens specialist, Waldrom played for the All Blacks Sevens from 2004-10. Waldrom has now turned his hand to coaching and continues to be involved in rugby from the grassroots up.

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Hurricanes need to put things right

Getty Images     13 Apr 2010     Getty Images

It is probably just as well for the All Blacks centre as it does not make for pretty reading. The Hurricanes are languishing in ninth place on 18 points after three wins, four losses and a draw.

They are eight points adrift of the fourth-placed Brumbies, who they play in Canberra on Friday night, and know they must win every match from now on to stand a chance of making the play-offs and giving Taranaki-bound coach Colin Cooper a decent send-off.

"For a number of reasons we don't want to be in the position we are," said Smith, who completed the Tongariro Crossing during his week off for the bye.

"We realise we've put ourselves here. We think we're a better team than where we are and it's up to us to right that.

"There's plenty of rugby still to go and plenty of teams for us to play so I think we can play some good footy and still get a lot out of the year."

After Friday night's match against the Brumbies, the Hurricanes travel to Dunedin to take on the Highlanders then have home matches against the Chiefs and Reds before rounding off with another trip across the Tasman to play the Waratahs in Sydney.

Cooper admits it is do-or-die for his team from now on.

"We've just got to do everything that is best for the team and go and win on Friday night. There is no formula. We've just got to play our best and do that for five weeks," the coach said.

"It's really good that they know where they are and they won't be holding back for any other game. We can't let anything come in and distract us really. The simple fact is that we've got to win.

"We can't worry about other teams we've just got to worry about what we're doing. If we lose this one [against the Brumbies] it doesn't really matter about anyone else."

Last year the Hurricanes ripped the Brumbies to shreds in an eight tries-to-one 56-7 thumping at Westpac Stadium.

But Friday's opponents, who have a six-three win-loss record, are a different beast this year with Matt Giteau back in the side after three years at the Western Force and abrasive forwards Rocky Elsom and Justin Harrison joining the team after stints in Europe.

"I think from the start of the year, with the players they had recruited in key positions, they were always going to be a strong side," said Smith.

"They've just gone about their business and I'm sure they are happy with where they are sitting.

"They will be a tough team to beat. They just get things done and they will count games at home that they look to win and I'm sure this week will be one of them. We've got a good fight on their hands."

The only player absent from Monday's training was Piri Weepu who is not expected back with the side until Wednesday following the death of his grandfather at the weekend.

Although Scott Waldrom sat out the session after taking a knock during club rugby at the weekend, Cooper was confident he would have a full squad - aside from long-term absentee Jason Eaton - to choose from when he names his line-up on Wednesday.