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'Every kid who plays rugby dreams of being an All Black': The emotional moment when a New Zealand family performs the haka after their loved one made his debut for his country

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 9/09/2018 Charlie Coe

All Blacks debutante Te Toiroa Tahuiorangi was treated to an emotional haka performance from his family after he came off the bench for his country in Saturday night's Rugby Championship match.

The 23-year-old halfback entered the match with 10 minutes remaining as New Zealand won 46-24 over Argentina in Nelson.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Te Toiroa Tahuiorangi was treated to an emotional haka performance from his family after he came off the bench for his country in Saturday night's Rugby Championship match © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Te Toiroa Tahuiorangi was treated to an emotional haka performance from his family after he came off the bench for his country in Saturday night's Rugby Championship match Tahuiorangi, who has had to bide his time for a chance to get on the field since being called into the All Blacks squad in June, was blown away by the post-game performance from his father, father-in-law and fiancee.

Speaking after the game at Trafalgar Park, Tahuiorangi said: 'For them to make the trip all the way down from Rotorua, it just makes the debut extra special.

'It was just an awesome feeling. To get that kind of haka personifies where I come from, a little area where not many people make it out.'

Tahuiorangi's father Pae said watching his son perform was an emotional moment. 

a man holding a microphone: Tahuiorangi (right) made his first appearance as an All Black for the final 10 minutes of their 42-26 victory over Argentina © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tahuiorangi (right) made his first appearance as an All Black for the final 10 minutes of their 42-26 victory over Argentina

According to The Otago Times he said: 'My phone's been going crazy with messaged and calls from family and friends in Australia, England and the United States.

'It's enjoy the moment but remember that back in the day people fought for the land, he's just fighting in a different manner on the rugby field.

'It's humbling, we're excited and at the same time we realise he's in a place right now where every kid who plays rugby dreams of being an All Black. We're ecstatic and at the same time very humbled.'

Tahuiorangi received his big call-up after Aaron Smith was rested and TJ Perenara was promoted to the starting lineup.

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