James Parsons will become the latest Blues player to become an All Black when he makes his debut in the team to play Scotland this weekend.
The 27-year-old North Harbour captain is the back-up hooker to veteran All Black Keven Mealamu at the Blues, where he has played 37 times.
It has been a remarkable rise for the Blues hooker. He was drafted into the All Blacks following the injury to NathanHarris. Parsons was in London where he played for the Barbarians against Australia in the team coached by Blues head coach, Sir John Kirwan.
He is one of three Blues players in the starting line-up for the match against Scotland along with Blues prop Charlie Faumuina and Charles Piutau on the wing.