Proctor relishing his Test chance

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Centre Matt Proctor will be achieving the dream of attaining All Black honours after an accelerated rise to Test status.

Proctor said it had been a long road but he had enjoyed being able to string games together over the last month or so without injuries.

"I'm just enjoying my rugby and I'm pretty excited about this coming week," he said.

Making the All Blacks wasn't part of his focus when recovering from injury setbacks. His mind was on whatever his first job was, whether that was with the Hurricanes or the Lions.

"It's just awesome to finally get a crack," he said.

Having fellow Hurricanes backs around like Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett and Nehe Milner-Skudder made the transition easier.

"Especially having Ngani there. I've played a lot of footy over the last few years with him inside me so it's been good to have him around. He's someone I can go to if I'm unsure of anything," he said.

First five-eighths Richie Mo'unga, who will be playing his fifth Test, said he still felt like a new boy. The game had its challenges but the leaders had been doing a good job in preparing the side.

In his position he needed to be a leader and he said it was something he needed to get better at and that would be especially the case in such an inexperienced unit.

The important part of the preparation for the game was achieving the clarity the side would need and if they could do that then nothing was a burden.

Mo'unga said he was feeling comfortable in his role but as with anything it was about time in the saddle.

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