Karl Tu'inukuafe proudly showed off his bucket of kava sat next to him, as he and the rest of the Blues squad left Auckland this morning, bound for Northland for a pre-season camp.
"This is for recovery. Re-kava-ry," he joked.
The Blues squad have gone to Northland in a 20-strong contingent of campervans, with the intention of engaging with the community and bonding as a team before the start of the Super Rugby season.
And what better way to bond than over a bit of kava.
"I'm sure there’ll be a few kava sessions in the next couple of nights. Karl runs a pretty good cutter so we’ll have a few of those," first-five Otere Black said.
The Blues will be hoping to back up their 2020 campaign and even go a step further to secure their first Super Rugby title since 2003.