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'There is a lot talent in NZ rugby' - Tasman skipper David Havili on missing out on All Blacks squad

Mako skipper David Havili is one of many unlucky outside backs not to be in the All Blacks squad, but the fullback is focused on securing a first NPC premiership title for Tasman.

The 23-year-old back admits that there is long line of talented footballers in his position battling for a spot in Steve Hansen's team. 

"There is a lot of talent through New Zealand rugby," said Havili.

New Zealand's David Havili, left, is tackled by Australia's Tevita Kuridrani during the 3rd Bledisloe Cup rugby test match, Australia v All Blacks, Suncorp stadium, Brisbane, Australia, 21 October 2017. Copyright Image: Tertius Pickard/ www.photosport.nz
David Havili in action for the All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane. Source: Photosport

"But it is good just to be back here at home, enjoying my rugby at the moment. So it's good to be with Tasman."

Havili has played three Tests for the All Blacks, making his debut against Argentina in October in Buenos Aires.

He isn't giving up on his dream to be back in the All Blacks frame, saying consistency is what he is aims for when with Mako at Mitre 10 Cup level.

"Keep playing consistent footy, keep putting a performance out there that I can be proud of," he said.

"It's been good to come back home and really getting on with the Tasman boys – it's been really good."

David Havili of the Crusaders. Source: Photosport

Havili has won back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, but is yet to win a NPC premiership title for Tasman.

Tasman are unbeaten in the NPC and take on unbeaten Auckland at Eden Park tomorrow night, in a top of the table premiership clash.

The Mako have been to three NPC premiership finals in the last four years and have lost twice to Canterbury in 2017 and 2016, and Taranaki in 2014. 

Havili has played three Tests for New Zealand and has won two Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders. Source: 1 NEWS