QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand - He might be the Wallabies' ninth choice winger, but Peter Betham refuses to let that trouble him ahead of his dream Test debut against the All Blacks today.
With both Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia ruled out with hamstring problems, Betham was brought into the Wallabies squad as the only fit specialist winger.
Yet it wasn't until the entire squad started giggling alongside him in a team huddle on Tuesday that he discovered he was about to receive a Test call-up for the Bledisloe Cup clash in Dunedin.
"I was wondering why everyone had these funny faces," the 24-year-old Waratahs flyer said. "Then (coach Ewen McKenzie) goes 'congrats to Pete he's going to make a debut for the Wallabies'.
"But then he gets close to me and shakes my hand and says 'mate, you're starting'.
"I literally lit up. They'd all stitched me up."
Betham's break comes courtesy of James O'Connor, Digby Ioane, Henry Speight, Dom Shipperley, Nick Cummins, Rod Davies and Cam Crawford all being unavailable.