‘It’s a good opportunity’ – Perenara

Date published: September 30 2016

All Black scrum-half TJ Perenara is relishing the chance he's been given against Argentina in the Rugby Championship Test in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Perenara has been given a start over usual New Zealand number nine Aaron Smith after a great run of form from the Hurricanes scrum-half.

"It's a good opportunity and it's something I'm looking forward to experiencing again," Perenara told AllBlacks.com.

"I've only had a few starts in the jumper so to get out there again in the nine jersey is something I'm excited about. Every start has probably meant the same. My first start against the United States was a special moment and I got a start against the Argentinians last year in Christchurch which was pretty special too."

It was disappointing for Perenara to miss out in the June series against Wales. But he got a few work-ons given and felt like he'd done a lot to try and improve his game.

Perenara said having Hurricanes team-mate Beauden Barrett outside him was a reassuring feeling but it couldn't be described as comfortable because Test rugby was uncomfortable.

"Whoever you were playing was trying to beat you and make the game as uncomfortable as possible," he said.

But Barrett was someone he had played a lot of rugby with and was a voice he was used to.

"I feel like we are on a similar wavelength when we view games and situations on the field so a lot of the time I am thinking a call is on, he is thinking the same thing," he said.