The All Blacks are set to face Ireland on Saturday night with two of the Blues’ most promising players making the most of their first-camp opportunity.
Earlier this week, Blues winger Mark Telea received a squad call after Will Jordan was ruled out with Covid.
This follows a stellar season with his Auckland side winning a franchise-record 15 games in a row en route to the Super Rugby Pacific Grand Final.
Telea told 1News that her family couldn’t hold back their tears when they found out.
“It was one of those unexpected calls. I was with my old lady and my old man at home and we were just having breakfast and after they got the call I told them and they started crying. It’s a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Telea said.
His Blues team-mate, Stephen Perofeta was also selected for the All Blacks for the first time after an impressive Super Rugby season which saw him finish as the top points scorer with 129 points.
Perofeta admits that being in the new environment has been a challenging but also rewarding experience.
“It has been a special week. It’s quite comprehensive and the intensity is on another level. My brain has been overloaded to be honest, but there are a lot of boys who are willing to help, which has been huge for me.
The pair won’t dress to play at the weekend but will support their teammates from the touchline.
Eden Park is expected to be an electric atmosphere with a sold-out crowd ready to welcome another year of international rugby.