All Blacks blindside Liam Messam will not be resting on his laurels after he was named in the number six jersey for Saturday's clash with South Africa.
Messam, who helped lead the Chiefs to Super Rugby glory this year, has forced his way back into the national side after being benched last week.
But he knows more than most that he will have to maintain a high level of performance in order to keep the shirt from other squad members.
"It has been a good year but I'll never get too comfortable," Messam told sportal.co.nz.
"That's when you start to lose your way. I want to have an edge about myself, when I train and when I play."
Messam has played second fiddle to Jerome Kaino in the past while Adam Thomson and more recently Victor Vito have also worn the number six jersey. But the Chiefs man revealed that he never gave up hope on returning to the Test set-up.
"I never gave up. I took the setbacks on the chin and told myself to get better," he continued.
"I haven't been totally happy with my performances yet. I've still got a lot to learn and a lot to give to this team.
"I still feel like a bit of a rookie in the All Blacks, which is good because it keeps me on my toes and on edge."