Halatau has been named in the Kiwis extended squad for the Tri-Nations Series, starting in New Zealand on October 16.
�I was surprised at first to be named in the squad. Now that I am in the extended squad, I�m pretty stoked,�� Halatau said.
�I�ll be happy to be the 18th or 19th man and would love to go to Great Britain. You never know what can happen, especially if there are injuries.��
Halatau played 22 games this season for the Wests Tigers, shifting from his preferred position at centre to the second-row.
�I was pretty happy with my form considering it was my first full season in first grade,�� he said.
�There were a few rough games among them but overall, I thought I played pretty well, considering the first half of the season I played pretty much out of position in the second-row.��
Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens said Halatau deserved his selection.
�This is a wonderful confidence booster for Dene,�� Sheens said.
�The fact Dene is a utility player will help him. His best position is probably still in the centres.
�It would be great to see Dene get selected to tour Great Britain. They may just take him because of the fact that he can play two or three positions.��