Ki te pokapū o Tāmaki Makaurau te puakitanga o te kapa Ōpango, te hunga ka uru ki te tukinga nui ki te kaha o Wērā i te whakataetae Steinlager. Ā tērā ngā waewae tapu kua tohua.
Tūtaki mai ki tō kapa Ōpango mo tēnei tākaro whutupōro.
Ka nui hoki te rikarika i te piringa o Damien McKenzie ka mau i te tīhati pango mo te wā tuatahi. I nui ngā whakapae ka uru atu te kaitākaro Waikato Chiefs, nā runga i ana mahi rangatira i te whīra i tēnei tau.
Ko tā Steve Hansen - Kaiako, Kapa Ōpango, “He's been in form, he's been exciting, he's still got a lot of things in his game that he needs to grow and we kinda expect that from a young guy, but it's an opportunity for us to not only look at the now but also the future.”
Hei tā Damian McKenzie - Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui, “Still trying to get my head around it, it's a pretty surreal experience that I've been given so words can't really describe how excited I was. Rang mum and dad straight away and they were rapt for me and obviously they've been very supportive of me this far in my career. To be able to make this team is giving back to them so I'll try and make them proud as possible.”
Ka uru hoki anō te uri o Ngāti Porou a Charlie Ngātai, nō tērā tau i mau i a ia te tīhate pango mo te wā tuatahi i te tukinga ki a Hāmoa.
I pātai a Te Kāea ki a Charlie Ngātai.
I reira koe ka whakaaro ake, ka eke pea au?
Ko tā Ngātai - Ngāti Porou, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, “Little bit but not too sure because I haven't been playing for the last couple of weeks so it's hard to get a gage but nah I was rapt when I got the phone call and to come up here and be part of this team.”
Hei te tekau ma tahi o tērā marama ka tuki atu te kapa Ōpango ki te kapa o Wales mo te wā tuatahi i raro i te kāpenetanga a Kieran Reid.