Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna hopes that his resurgence in form at Super Rugby level has caught All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's eye.
Last year Tameifuna came on to the Super Rugby stage at tighthead prop and ended up starting most of the Chiefs matches while Ben Afeaki was sidelined with two injuries.
Tameifuna's form at Super Rugby level earned him a call up for the All Blacks training camp but he has still not yet earned his first Test cap.
In the off-season the prop packed on some extra weight and also struggled with his fitness in the Hawke's Bay's NPC campaign.
However, twenty-one-year-old Tameifuna has worked hard on getting back to form and is now showing the kind of form that saw him called up last season by coach Hansen.
"I'd been real keen to get back in that environment and pull on a jersey this year," Tameifuna told NZN.
The tighthead prop scored two tries for the Chiefs against the Blues two weeks ago and was also strong with his scrummaging.
"I said before the break I was going to go away and do a bit of hard work. It's paid off and I'm happy with that," Tameifuna said.
"I was basically just running and getting fitter. Getting better at getting off the deck - just fitness basically."
Tameifuna's got his most recent selections while Afeaki was sidelined with a back injury but both players are now in contention to start in the Semi-final against the Crusaders in Hamilton on Saturday.