Watch: Proud friends, whānau perform passionate haka to honour Dallin Watene-Zelezniak after first win as Kiwis captain

Friends and family of Dallin Watene-Zelezniak capped off a special evening for the new Kiwis skipper following last night's historic win over the Kangaroos thanks to passionate haka from the stands.

Watene-Zelezniak's whānau delivered the emotional sign of respect from the stands shortly after the game in which he earned his first win as a captain.

The 23-year-old followed in his great-grandfather's footsteps last night when he earned the honour of leading the Kiwis.

His great grandfather Steve Watene was the first Māori to skipper the New Zealand Kiwis in the 1930s.

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The 23-year-old’s great grandfather was the first Māori to skipper the Kiwis in the 1930s. Source: 1 NEWS

When asked at a press conference earlier this week about his heritage, the fullback said he was very proud.

"I think he (great grandfather) is smiling down at me at the moment, I think he had a part in this," said Watene-Zelezniak.

"So I am very privileged to carry his blood inside me and I guess represent him."

The 23-year-old was a key figure in the stunning 26-24 win over the Kangaroos. Source: 1 NEWS

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