Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi made his debut for the All Blacks on Saturday, coming off the bench in a 46-24 win against Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
The 23-year-old scrum-half entered the game with ten minutes remaining as a replacement for TJ Perenara.
His day was made all the more special when his family - who were in the crowd at Trafalgar Park in Nelson - performed a haka to mark the day.
"It just makes the debut extra special," Tahuriorangi told Stuff.co.nz.
It was just an awesome feeling. To get that kind of haka just personifies where I come from, a little area where not many people make it out. I'm carrying all my whanau from back home.
You can watch the moment below.
Para entender el significado del haka 🇳🇿
Tras el debut del medio-scrum Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi en All Blacks, su familia le dedica esta emocionante y pasional danza guerrera.
Ni show ni espectáculo. Cultura. pic.twitter.com/eph3jaix8o
— Fran Capizzi 🏉📺🇦🇷 (@Fran_Capizzi) September 9, 2018