A couple of years ago, as the Crusaders prepared to play the touring British and Irish Lions in Christchurch, I asked then assistant coach Leon MacDonald about an up-and-coming first-five named Richie Mo'unga.

The then 23-year-old Mo'unga had been terrorising Super Rugby defences until that point but was about to take a very big step up against Lions counterpart Owen Farrell and company.

Mo'unga has since played nine tests for the All Blacks but back then it was the biggest stage he had played on (2016 Super Rugby final in Johannesburg apart). Certainly, it was easily the biggest television audience