14 Oct 2011

Cruden says it's his biggest game

11:16 am on 14 October 2011

First five Aaron Cruden says he's more relaxed about playing for the All Blacks.

Cruden, who has played just seven Tests and only one in the run-on team, has been named to start against Australia in Sunday night's World Cup semi-final at Eden Park.

Fullback Israel Dagg and winger Richard Kahui also return to the starting lineup.

Cruden only joined the squad last week and came on for the injured Colin Slade in the win over Argentina.

He says this is a huge step up from his only other start, their win over Australia in September last year.