It's the first test of the year but for All Blacks captain Richie McCaw there are no excuses for a rusty performance against England tomorrow night.

Speaking after the team's captain's run at Eden Park this afternoon, McCaw said every player in the squad had had enough game time to be to be capable of going up a level.

"The reality is it's not going to be perfect because you've got 15 guys trying to stop you but accepting mistakes just because you haven't played together for while, that's not the standard you need to be at when you're playing for the All Blacks," he said. "We've all played plenty of rugby up until this point so there are no excuses, really."

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith talks about his love of 'test day', the haka, and the sea of black that you get when playing at Eden Park. He also reflects on beating and losing to England and the importance of Jerome Kaino returning to the All Blacks.

It is the start of a three-match series and another step on the journey to a World Cup defence, however, McCaw the focus had solely been on a one-off performance against Stuart Lancaster's men, the last team to beat the All Blacks when they stunned them at Twickenham at the end of 2012.

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All Black tight forwards Sam Whitelock and Dan Coles give their opinions on the England challenge in Saturdays first test match, and coach Steve Hansen feels the English team have some advantages over the All Blacks.

"We understand the challenge that's in front of us. Test footy is different to what we've been doing for the last two or three months so we're going to have to make sure we're quick to get up to speed with that and the intensity that comes from it," McCaw said.

He said the debutants in the team, Malakai Fekitoa and Patrick Tuipulotu, appeared quietly excited about the challenge ahead, with another "rookie", the returning Jerome Kaino, also maintaining a quiet intensity. McCaw said Kaino's form for the Blues on his return from Japan was no surprise to him.

All Blacks backs Israel Dagg and Ben Smith talk tactics and strategy and what they expect from an attacking and physical England backline in the first test at Eden Park.

"We all knew he was a classy player before he left. They must have taken it pretty easy on him in Japan - he's fresh and ready to go."