Watch: Kiwis hooker throws Te Maire Martin under the bus over marae chores: 'He always seems to disappear'

Young Kiwis hooker Danny Levi has revealed which of his teammates are - and which aren't - helping out around Turangawaewae Marae, with the New Zealand squad in camp this week.

As a team building exercise, coach David Kidwell is insisting that the squad help out with the chores around the marae, with Levi quick to throw five-eighth Te Maire Martin under the bus.

"He always seems to disappear when it comes to that," Levi told 1 NEWS.

"I think he cleaned the same bench for about half an hour today before breakfast.

Team hooker, and barber, Danny Levi, was picked ahead of his hero for this year's tournament. Source: 1 NEWS

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Adam Blair and their NZ teammates didn't shy away from cleaning up at Turangawaewae Marae. Source: 1 NEWS

The NZ team are spending the next few days getting to know each other at Turangawaewae Marae. Source: 1 NEWS

"He's smart in a way to get out of doing work - he's been helping out a fair bit as well, but he's got little tricks that he does."

The New Zealand squad are getting stuck into the housework at Turangawaewae Marae. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I guess the coaches have seen something in me' - Kiwis hooker hoping to impress after taking hero's spot

For years Danny Levi has dreamed of playing alongside his idol, Issac Luke, in a Kiwis jersey.

Not once did he ever think he would replace him.

But that is what happened when Luke was left out of the Kiwis' 24-man World Cup squad, paving the way for the uncapped Levi to be selected alongside Thomas Leuluai and former Junior Kiwis team-mate Kodi Nikorima as one of three options in the No 9 jersey.

"For myself personally, it shows how much I've improved," Levi told 1 NEWS.

"I guess the coaches have seen something in me and I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity."

But Luke's handling of the situation is what could really set Levi up to have a stellar tournament.

"I would have loved to have played with him (Luke), I still hope one day I get to do that."

"He messaged me and congratulated me an everything, told me to soak it all up."

At just 21-years-old, the Newcastle Knights rake is the second youngest player in the Kiwis.

The youngest is NRL Premiership-winning Melbourne Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who he grew up with in Wellington.

It has been five years since Levi left New Zealand and working for his partner's (Kimberley Goodearl) father as a plumber.

The Newcastle Knights recognised his talent, making him their under-20s captain in 2014 and extending his contract three times, most recently until the end of 2020.

Levi, who is of Maori and Samoan decent, made his NRL debut in 2015 but quickly faced one of the biggest challenges of his career when he suffered a prolapsed disc in his back which required surgery early in the following year.

Under the tutelage of former Knights and New South Wales state of Origin hooker Danny Buderus, Levi is a pocket-rocket with all the attributes to become one of the key personnel in the Kiwis spine.

He has also become a favourite of Kiwis team-mates who have made him the official team barber after holding a similar role in Newcastle.

Levi even has a podcast called 'Cut to the Point' on SoundCloud in which he records himself chatting to Knights players as he cuts their hair.

"When I first moved to Newcastle, I was trying to find barber shops to go to, and they were all too expensive," he said.

"So I started cutting my own hair - I thought I got pretty good at it and I decided I'd get some of the boys to practice on.

"I started off with a few dodgy ones, I think they were just too nice to tell me."

Team hooker, and barber, Danny Levi, was picked ahead of his hero for this year's tournament. Source: 1 NEWS

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