Nathan Harris is a dynamic and mobile young hooker who re-joins the All Blacks for the first time since the 2014 Northern Tour, when injury in the historic match against the USA in Chicago kept him from playing for an extended period.
He worked hard to make a comeback, which included nine matches for Bay of Plenty last year. Injury early in the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season saw him miss six games but he has made another strong recovery.
Harris was also part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that made the Final of the 2012 Junior World Championship and originally joined the All Blacks for the 2014 Investec Rugby Championship as an injury replacement.
He played at number 8 before switching to the front row; recently-retired All Blacks legend Keven Mealamu was another former loosie to make that switch.
Harris is not the first All Black in the Harris family; his grandfather's cousin, prop Perry Harris, who played four matches in 1976, was also an All Black.
28 Sept 2014 v Argentina at La Plata
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RUGBY GROUND: Millennium Stadium in Wales
RUGBY PLAYER AND WHY: Andrew Hore, because he plays the same position and works very hard at what he is good at
EARLIEST RUGBY MEMORIES: Playing 15th grade for Te Puke sports at Blake Park, Mt Maunganui
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR RUGBY CAREER AND WHY: The friends and family. I have tried to make a career out of rugby because you want to be somebody, not a could have been somebody
FOOD: Macaroni Cheese
MOVIE: Hangover 1 and 2
BOOK: Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis
HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Whitianga
NON-RUGBY SPORTS TEAM: Manchester United
I HATE IT WHEN: I get injuries
I CANT LIVE WITHOUT: Sport and hanging out with my mates
IF I WASN’T A RUGBY PLAYER I WOULD BE: Try to be a professional surfer