Kiwi international, Kevin Proctor, has spoken of the great pride he had when given the chance to pull on the black and white jersey again, calling the entire tour, 'the best one I've been on'.

Proctor returned to the international scene after a near 18-month absence from the side due to an incident that occurred in April of 2017. The Tugun junior served his time and new New Zealand Coach, Michael Maguire, recalled the back rower for the recent Test in Auckland and then the tour to England.

The 29-year-old had always discussed the hope of trying to get back into the side after his error of judgement but he couldn't believe how good the feeling was when he was able to pull the jersey on again.

"It was awesome, to be back in that side and to be able to pull that jersey on," Proctor said.

"It's one of those things where you don't know what you've got until you've lost it and I suppose I took it for granted a bit. It was awesome to get back into the side.

"To beat Australia in that Test over in New Zealand in front of the home crowd, it was a big moment for me and my family.

"That tour was probably the most enjoyable I've been on. Madge is doing some good things there and with the direction he's taking the kiwi jersey in."