Physicality will step up against Ireland - Havili

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Playing in Ireland last year, in the All Blacks' loss, had been an eye-opener for him as he had not experienced the atmosphere in Dublin before or the pressure on Lansdowne Road.


He took a lot of lessons from the game, and the challenge of playing them in a packed Eden Park was something he was looking forward to, if selected.


The main lesson came down to fitness.


"International rugby is so physical, and you've got to be able to get your body back to where it needs to be each week, and that was a big learning for me.


"I was sort of a wee bit tired going into the back of those games, and I've focused hard around my recovery this year, and getting my body right and where it needs to be, to keep competing at that top level," he said.


He came into the camp looking to get back to his best shape after the rigours of recent weeks.


Havili said it was a case of quickly putting the Super Rugby Pacific campaign behind for all concerned and gelling in the most exciting environment with the All Blacks.



It was a case of continuing to learn as much as possible from the players around him, and being ready to help them.


The final on Saturday left him feeling a little 'beaten up', but they all had recovery systems that allowed them to recover quickly for the task ahead against Ireland.


"We're just building throughout the week and Friday will be a bit more of a big training run for us," he said.


Coming into the preparation for the first time each season was always exciting. There were new faces and different challenges ahead.


Havili said he felt happy with where his game was. He had wanted to express himself through the three finals games.


"I think my game's in the right area now, and if I get called on in the next couple of weeks I'll definitely be ready," he said.


Havili described his Crusaders teammate and newcomer to the All Blacks, Leicester Fainga'anuku as 'an awesome talent' and was looking forward to seeing what he could do at Test level and how far he can go.


He had been huge for the Crusaders during the season.


"Just his physical presence. He's young, he's hungry and he wants the ball. He wants to make a difference, so if we can exploit that through here as well, and I'm sure we will, they'll get the best out of him," he said.


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