A heartwarming video has surfaced on social media, showing the moment Tupou Vaa'i told his family he made the All Blacks squad.
The giant lock was one of seven new faces selected by new coach Ian Foster in a 35-man squad.
The 20-year-old told Newshub there were "lots of tears" when he told his family - but that was an understatement, judging by the Tik Tok post.
In a video chat, Vaa'i was struggling to hold back the tears himself, when he delivered the news, saying: "I just wanted to let you know I made the All Blacks."
Loud cheers could be heard from his family sitting around a phone and that quickly turned into tears, as they reflected on what they just heard.
The touching video has more than 21,000 likes.
Vaa'i told Newshub this selection was a "dream come true" and the "best gift" he could have given his dad for Father's Day.
Foster has no plans to rush Vaa'i into the All Blacks starting side, but knows he is one for the future, while captain Sam Cane is delighted for his Chiefs teammate.
The All Blacks currently have no tests scheduled this year, although a four-test Bledisloe Cup series against Australia remains the most likely scenario.
The Rugby Championship remains possible, although unlikely, after six Argentinian players tested positive for the coronavirus.