Messam to hit major milestone

Super Rugby
by AAP

A relaxed Liam Messam is set to become the eighth man in Super Rugby history to play 150 matches when he takes to the field for the Chiefs this weekend.

Veteran flanker Messam says raising the milestone in Saturday's clash against the Bulls in Hamilton is yet to get his pulse racing.

"I haven't thought about it, because it's just another day at the office where you prepare to play and win," he said.

Messam has signed a two-year contract with the franchise, extending a relationship which began in 2006.

The 32-year-old remains coy about surpassing the all-time record currently held by Blues great Keven Mealamu (175), which is poised to be passed by Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett.

"I'll see what happens. I've just been really blessed and lucky enough to get this far in my career" Messam said.

Rory Arnold with Quick TapMessam said a successful career which has spanned 43 All Blacks Tests and features two Commonwealth Games gold medals could be attributed to the enjoyment gained from playing for the Chiefs.

A desire to always get better drives the Waikato-based side, who have won their first four games of 2017.

"There is an awesome vibe at the moment as we have a good team culture going on," he said.                

"I think the most pleasing thing is that we're disappointed about our performances.

"We have had four wins but still not to the standard we want to be setting ourselves as we strive to get better."

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says Messam's aura is immeasurable for team-mates who can only benefit from his presence.

"Young guys in the room just gasp every time we name our team when they hear how many caps he's got," Rennie said.

"You don't have to say as much when Liam's around - we have two captains but he knows when to chip in and guys stand up and listen.

"It's a great achievement. He's a passionate Chiefs man, respected by his team mates and fans so we need to put in a performance that's worthy of that."