Shaun Johnson has received some tough love from his mentor as he prepares for a return to the Kiwis side.
The Cronulla half will start in the six jersey in Saturday's second test against Great Britain, having been dropped in favour of Kieran Foran for the first test.
Johnson's been self-critical of his form, an opinion coach Michael Maguire shares.
We are constantly talking and we have a great relationship.
"We have certain standards in our team, and I didn't meet them in that Australia match.
"I understand that, came back and worked hard last week and been given the opportunity for this week."
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