The record is currently held by a New Zealander, and perhaps one of the best players to put the NZ jersey on, in Ruben Wiki, but now, someone else is going to break that record. That man, is Darren Lockyer.
The record that Lockyer is set to break, is currently held by Wiki – which is, the most tests played for your country of any team.
Whilst some may think, ‘yes, an Australian has broken the record’, for NZ coach Stephen Kearney, he knows that both are legends of the game, so he sees it as a passing of the baton from one legend, to another.
“It’s one true legend taking over another really,” Kearney said.
Despite the players being from different teams, Kearney has no doubt that Wiki, would have no problems with Darren surpassing his record.
“He would appreciate what Darren has done to break his record,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful achievement on Darren’s behalf and he’s been such a fantastic leader not just for Australia but for Queensland and obviously the Broncos.”
Despite the fact that he is no longer a player, Wiki’s presence can be felt by the NZ’ers to this day, long after Wiki retired from the game.
“He’s such a wonderful guy to have around the group, and so well respected,” Kearney said.
“He carries a real aura about him, which is great for the players to absorb and experience.”
One man who is in complete amazement at the skills of Lockyer, is his five-eighth counterpart, Benji Marshall, who thinks that Lockyer is playing as best as ever has.
“I honestly think he has not played much better than he is at the moment,” he said of Lockyer.
“He is running the ball a lot more, taking the line on which he hasn’t done in the last couple of years.
“He is a great leader and an inspiration to any team he plays in.
“I am just fortunate enough to have played in an era when I have been able to play against him and with him as well (in the NRL All Stars team).
“It was unbelievable seeing guys like Darren prepare – he is the ultimate professional and such a good guy.
“My dream was to be able to play like him so to get to play with him was a dream come true.”