New All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow has entered camp as a bright eyed fan as much as anything else, but he knows he must shelve his excitement if he is to challenge for a starting spot.
The Waikato halfback, who impressed in Investec Super Rugby before carrying on that form in the ITM Cup, is one of three nines alongside current in[removed]bent Aaron Smith and Piri Weepu.
The Blues halfback is the veteran, but has only started one test this season, while the Highlanders bullet passer has run out for the remainder of the All Blacks internationals in 2012.
Kerr-Barlow said that his first introduction to the team formally, collecting their gear courtesy of the sponsors of the All Blacks, was like a dream come true.
"I was like a kid in a candy store getting kitted out in all my All Blacks gear," he said,
"I'm probably still containing myself, but inside I'm jumping around. Last night I think I was more nervous than before I play a football match, but today was probably one of the coolest days of my life."
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has indicated that every member of the 32-man squad will get a run in the World Champions first two tests of the Air New Zealand Tour, meaning that the 22-year-old could get an early chance.
"I'm just going to soak up everything here, learn all the moves and do the business on the paddock," he said, wary of the competitive environment that existed within the All Blacks.
"I have to try to remain calm and not let the occasion overwhelm me, but words can't express how excited I am at the moment."
"For me, just to put on the jersey and go out there and hear the anthem and do the haka will be amazing. But I'm looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere over there too."