Angus Ta 'avao's Super Rugby career has come in full circle.
After making his debut for the Blues against Chiefs in Hamilton in 2012, the 27-year-old prop plays his 100th match in the competition – for Chiefs against the Blues at Eden Park.
"I haven't really considered it," he said about the milestone. "I suppose I've been thinking about where it is and who it is against … playing against the Blues for Chiefs in Eden Park, where I grew up who was the rugby home for me where I always wanted to play.
"I have not been too stewed over it, but it has been lagging behind in my mind. I suppose it is just an exciting, exciting moment for me."
It's a milestone, Avao looked unlikely enough to achieve early in his career. He spent a couple of years at Blues and had to fight for any opportunity he could get before leaving the Kiwi Coasts to join Waratahs on a two-year deal in 2016.
The shift of nature did not go out and Tao's career was left in limbo. Back to New Zealand and take care of Taranaki in the Miter 10 Cup, the best deal, Ta 'Avao had to return to Super Rugby was somewhere in the Chief's wider team. There was no guarantee that he would get a game for the team.
But with the Chiefs hit by injuries, Ta & # 39; avao got his opportunity early in the 2018 season and never looked back.
"I've never been the most talented guy," said Ta & # 39; avao looking at his Super Rugby career.
"But through what I have been in and what I have been able to achieve, it is hard work and does not give up. I have been labeled so many things in my career from arrogant to poor scrummager, all sorts of things, it's always about believing yourself and just support yourself.
"Everything is a growing season. I wouldn't be here without these experiences."
Now, an important part of the Chiefs system with three test caps for All Blacks, Avao has gone from fighting to link up with a Super Rugby team to fight for a place in the All Blacks World Cup team.
Take & # 39; avao will stand in the front row tonight against his previous team with lots on the line as the bosses try to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. A loss for the Blues will all end their season, and the front row fight will be a key factor in the battle.