Crockett unaware of his world record status

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    17 Sep 2015     Getty Images

The 40-Test veteran has only lost once in his six-year career, to England in 2012, and has played in one draw. That gives him a winning percentage of 96.25 among players who have figured in 30 or more Tests.

To add to his status, he holds the world record of 29 unbeaten games, having beaten Lawrence Dallaglio's figure of 28 set between June 2000 and February 2004.

The Rugby World Cup News Service broke the news to Crockett at an All Blacks' news conference on Wednesday. Chasing him on the all-time list are fellow All Blacks, Aaron Cruden (94.59), Israel Dagg (92.85), Brodie Retallick (92.68) and Ben Franks (91.86).

"It's awesome to play with such a great set of lads who have been very successful over the last couple of years. What does it mean? Not a lot," Crockett said.

Team-mate Keven Mealamu's reaction when sitting alongside Crockett at the press conference was, "I want to play if he's playing."

Meanwhile, Mealamu said the All Blacks had shrugged off former England player Matt Dawson's hakarena.

"It's actually quite funny seeing him do it. It's obviously just something he's lifted.

"The haka's part of what we do but it's not actually what we do as a rugby team. We're out here to play the game," he said.

Mealamu said it was Dawson's view on how he sees the haka.

"He sees it different to us. The haka is quite special to us not only as All Blacks but it's something we're proud of as part of our culture. I started doing the haka when I was four years old in my backyard. I saw my heroes doing it," he said.

But he added the All Blacks were not worrying about Dawson's treatment, they had bigger things to think about, including Argentina's front row.