“It is good to be here now and starting at tight head against a massive foe that we love to go against,” Ta'avao said. “We have talked about the great battles we've had over the past few years and it is a unique and exciting place to play.
“As a rugby player, that’s what you want to do - to play against the best in world and on big stages, and I am looking forward to it and getting stuck in.
“I am probably one of the older ones, but in terms of the All Blacks I am still relatively green. But I have played with [All Blacks hooker and Chiefs teammate] Samisoni Taukei'aho a lot at Super Rugby level and [NZ prop] George Bower is probably one of our better players recently.
“I will try to add whatever I can and make sure I nail my stuff first and we grow together. We have been doing a lot of connecting things together this week and getting around each other.
“Me and Samisoni have played together quite a lot, probably haven’t played with George much, but it's pretty good.”