New Zealand Maori fly-half Willie Ripia has been praised by two team-mates after he stood up in front of the squad in an attempt to clear the air pre-tour.
Earlier this year, Ripia was caught on camera stealing from Force colleagues in the changing room, seemingly putting his career in doubt.
Since then he has received counselling and been given a chance by coach Jamie Jospeph to get his rugby back on track in their three-game trip.
"He addressed us as a group last night and I think that's a real testament to his character and how he's managed to go away, find the right help that he needed," lock Ross Filipo told One Sport.
Meanwhile, centre Tim Bateman also paid tribute to the strength shown by Ripia ahead of the tour.
"One of the beauties of this team is we all come from different backgrounds, but we all have that one thing in common - that one thing we're very proud about - and he's definitely a huge part of this side," he said.