The Highlanders halfback has lauded his Hurricanes counterpart for his competitiveness as the pair prepare to face in Super Rugby.

Aaron Smith praises Hurricanes counterpart TJ Perenara as 'fittest, fastest and strongest' halfback in NZ

"I'm a pretty competitive guy but if we were fighting over a stone I don't know who would win," Smith said.

All Blacks player Julian Savea during the first 2016 Steinlager Series rugby union test match All Blacks v Wales at  Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 11 June 2016. ©Copyright Photo: Chris Symes /

Full list: He's back! Julian Savea returns from the wilderness for All Blacks' North Island camp

The Hurricanes winger lost his All Blacks spot to Rieko Ioane last year. See who else has been picked for today's camp - and who has missed out.

Damian McKenzie in action for the Chiefs against the Crusaders. Super Rugby Semi-Final match between Crusaders and Chiefs at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 29th July 2017. Copyright photo: Martin Hunter /

'They're a really good team' - Chiefs say Sunwolves no easy-beats

The injury ravaged Chiefs travel to Tokyo to take on the Sunwolves this weekend.

The former Chiefs and Counties star performed Fields of Athenry with his new teammates.

Watch: Ireland's adopted Kiwi Bundee Aki leads traditional team song after Six Nations triumph

The former Chiefs and Counties star performed Fields of Athenry with his new teammates.

Chiefs' flanker Liam Messam in action during the Super Rugby rugby match - Chiefs v Bulls played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 1 April 2017.  Copyright photo: Bruce Lim /

'There has been a bit of banter' - Liam Messam eager to face ex-teammate Michael Leitch

Messam and Leitch will be reunited when the Chiefs meet the Sunwolves this weekend.

After an 18-10 loss to Belgium, Spain's players weren't happy with the match officials.

World Rugby to investigate referee appointment after Spain v Belgium bust-up

The Romanian referee's decisions saw his nation advance to the World Cup at the expense of Spain.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Adam Korczyk (middle) of the Reds makes a run during round two of the Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Reds' travel plans in chaos after South African entry denied

The Queensland side have had to make a detour to London due to lack of yellow fever vaccination.

Karmichael Hunt free to play for Reds but fined $10,000 over drug arrest

Rugby Australia completed their investigation into his arrest late last year.

Taranaki Fin Hoeata in action during a match against North Harbour.
North Harbour v Taranaki, Mitre 10 Cup Rugby, QBE Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 15 October 2017. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon /

Chiefs' nightmare injury crisis continues as Mitchell Brown and Fin Hoeata ruled out for season

The locking stocks are thinning by the day for the two-time champions.

Queensland Reds Brad Thorn

'They're responding in spades' - Brad Thorn humble after turning struggling Reds around

The former All Black has seen his side win three straight games for the first time in five years.

After an 18-10 loss to Belgium, Spain's players weren't happy with the match officials.

Watch: Spain rugby side angrily confront referee after losing World Cup qualifier

After an 18-10 loss to Belgium, Spain's players weren't happy with the match officials.

Israel Folau taken by Kriel Andre. Waratahs v Bulls, Super Rugby Round 12. Played at Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia on Saturday 14 May 2016. Copyright Photo: Clay Cross /

'He can play anywhere' - Waratahs to keep Israel Folau on the wing after Rebels demolition

The Wallabies fullback shone out wide in the 51-27 win over the Reds.

Hansen has got a shot in early as the mind games begin ahead of the eagerly awaited tour.

'It wouldn't be right' - Steve Hansen rules out replacing Eddie Jones as England coach

Hansen says he won't take charge of another international side once he leaves the All Blacks.

Bernard Foley. 2017 Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs. Super Rugby round 5 match. AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday 24 March 2017. Photo Clay Cross /

NSW Waratahs crush Melbourne Rebels in big Super Rugby comeback win

The Waratahs overcame a 17-point deficit to end the Rebels' unbeaten start to 2018.

'Time to move on' - Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford believes Super Rugby days over

Guildford will take up a one-year deal in May with French second division club Nevers.

Liam Squire of the Highlanders scores a try, during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Stormers, played at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand on Friday 9 March 2018. Copyright Image: Joe Allison /

Highlanders flanker Liam Squire out for six weeks with broken thumb

The injury to the All Blacks flanker will dampen the unbeaten start to the Landers season.

Jacob Stockdale helped Ireland make history with a stunning chip and chase try at Twickenham as the men in green beat England.

Ireland beat arch-enemy England to complete Grand Slam

St Patrick's Day for the ages as men in green wrap up Six Nations

Sloppy Blues made to pay by classy Stormers

Auckland side's calamitous first half sees them 21 points down.

Brutal South Island derby sees Highlanders down Crusaders 25-17

The Highlanders made it three wins from three, all in Dunedin, to start their Super Rugby campaign.

Crusaders' Jordan Taufua touches down, but the try is overturned during the Highlanders v Crusaders, Super Rugby Round 5, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. 17 March 2018. Copyright Image: Derek Morrison /

LIVE: Highlanders triumph 25-17 over Crusaders in thrilling southern derby

Join 1 NEWS NOW for live updates of this evening's round 4 clash between the Highlanders and Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Bulls player cited for dirty headshot with wild swinging arm on Damian McKenzie

Conraad van Vuuren could face a suspension for his hit on the Chiefs star.

Brodie Retallick inspires Chiefs to stunning comeback win over Bulls

The Chiefs claimed a 41-28 win in Hamilton, having been 14 points down at the break.

Chiefs record gutsy win over Bulls after stellar second half fight back

After trailing by 14 points at halftime, the Chiefs came back in the second spell to seal a 41-28 win in Hamilton

Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders warming up during the Super Rugby Match, Crusaders V Blues, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 3rd March 2016. Copyright Photo: John Davidson /

Sam Whitelock ruled out of Crusaders vs Highlanders clash

The Crusaders captain has displayed concussion symptoms going into tomorrow night's match.

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