To the side’s match-winner against France, it represents nothing more than white noise.
At 30, Te’o has been around the block enough times in his cross-code career not to go all knock-kneed at the prospect of his first game in the Principality Stadium.
Wales? He’s been there and done that – or at least New South Wales. The Worcester centre reckons the experience of playing for Queensland in rugby league’s most ferocious rivalry should prepare him for the reception which awaits England.
“I haven’t really chatted to anyone about it. I’ll find out for myself…if selected,” he said. “I can’t say it will really affect me much. I’ve played plenty of rival games and been to plenty of hostile environments.
“I’m not foreign to it. State of Origin is quite hostile. If you’re going down to Sydney to play the Blues in a decider it’s full-on. It’s rugby isn’t it? I’m going to go out on the field and play.” The Six Nations is rolling along just fine for him so far.
His record-breaking debut on Saturday at Twickenham which saw him score a try within two minutes of coming off the bench was the stuff of dreams, although not his.
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As a boy growing up in New Zealand, his aspirations never involved wearing the red rose. A wannabe All Black, he went on to represent Samoa at league.
England – where his mum was born – was still not on his union radar when he switched codes from South Sydney in 2014 and moved to Europe.
“When I came over I didn’t think along the lines of playing international rugby – I really only came to play rugby union. Two years of club rugby somewhere in Europe and then maybe head home – that was more what I was thinking,” said Te’o, who joined Leinster.
“I wanted some variety in my career. I had felt stale. I grew up playing rugby union and I had a lot of questions that I wanted to answer about union and whether I’d have been any good or not.”
It was only when his powerful midfield offloading game began to make inroads in his new code that he began to think on.
“I was playing in Ireland against a lot of these international guys and I was starting to feel that maybe I was on their level and could compete. It started popping into my head whether I could give international rugby a go,” he said.
Ben Te'o scored the decisive try as England saw off France
“I knew I had the passport and qualified for England and I really started focussing on that and giving it a go.”
Ireland and Australia were interested in exploiting the residency regulations to snap him up but it was Stuart Lancaster, ironically Leinster’s coach now, who persuaded the gun for hire he should leave for the Premiership to become eligible for England. The rest is Six Nations history.
“It was a nice moment to be a part of and something that I will remember in my career. My family stayed up very, very late in New Zealand to watch it. I know they were very proud,” he said.
“Something like that makes you feel good and confident, especially when you are really enjoying yourself in this team environment.”
As the only Worcester player in the England squad, Te’o flits around the group but he has found a soulmate in Jonny May.
“He is interesting character. Me and him have been watching a lot of documentaries on North Korea,” said Te’o.
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“That’s what he’s quite interested in and we’ve had quite a few chats about how we can fix the situation there. There’s a lot that needs to be done.”
The pair have even discussed the unlikely – and potentially suicidal – possibility of a back-packing trip to the closed-off republic.
“That’s what he wants to do,” said Te’o. “He said ‘We need to go before things get really bad’. I said ‘I don’t know if it’s worth it, it’s quite dangerous’ but he said ‘I’m pretty keen on it’. Maybe we’ll be reporting to you live from North Korea in the summer.”
By then his hope is that he will have started a Test for his adopted country. After four replacement appearances, he is itching for a start but is likely to have to settle for another supersub assignment in Wales.
“You’ve got to just be patient,” he said. “I understand that strong teams are more like strong squads, and that you need depth and you need people to all pull in the right direction.
“It’s not about me trying to say ‘I want more minutes, I want to start’, it’s about doing what’s right for the team. The team’s going in a really good direction. It’s about contributing to that.”