Aaron Smith's impact in the All Blacks jersey is providing a great sense of pride for his provincial teammate.
Smith's quick delivery and crisp passing has added extra pace to the All Blacks high tempo offence.
First five Aaron Cruden says Smith has stepped up nicely.
"As a half back he's always running around joking, and a few of the boys get annoyed hearing his voice so often but he's playing really well.
"I'm stoked for him, a fellow Manawatu man, he's going great guns."
The All Blacks have today off, while the Irish return to the training ground in Queenstown.
Both teams reveal their line ups tomorrow morning.
Photo: Aaron Smith (Photosport)