OPINION: You're in the best form of your life, you've earned the right to wear the All Black jersey by playing with confidence and precision in an under-performing side and you've been both spectacular and efficient in the national frame.
Now the All Blacks coaches and selectors might have found a new challenge for both you and the team.
Everyone is talking about how well you're playing, and your importance to All Black rugby has been well and truly stated.
In six short months Ben Smith has become our form fullback, pre-eminent right wing and the likely replacement at centre for the sabbatical-bound Conrad Smith.
As a player you work hard to establish yourself in any position in the All Blacks, and you wonder if Smith has a preference for his position.
There's no doubt his skillset, workrate and competitive nature mean, in all likelihood, he could succeed in a transition to the midfield. But deep down is that really what he wants?
Smith is of such good character he would never question the logic of the All Blacks selectors. But just when he has taken his game to the international level, would it be asking too much for him to reinvent himself as a centre?
In my day players loved to own the jersey. The old saying ‘never give a sucker an even break' was always in the forefront of your mind.
There was a determination to play every test match because there was always the risk the next guy might perform that little bit better.
Cory Jane has found that. He's had a long spell out with injury, and will return late in the ITM Cup. He's never let the All Black jersey down on the right wing and became an integral part of the national team with his experience and ability to perform under pressure.
But he'll return to an All Blacks team growing its depth across all positions. With players like Charles Piutau, Frank Halai and Francis Saili waiting in the wings, the fight for the jersey is as strong as ever.
The utility tag is something I believe no player deep down really wants. It can be a blessing and a curse. It can get you selected but can also cloud your focus.
Each position has its own set of challenges. The back three have similar roles to play in the modern game but the midfield presents a whole new set of requirements.
History tells us the conversion from the back three to the midfield is fraught with danger.
John Hart tried it in 1999 at the World Cup with Christian Cullen, and it wasn't a resounding success as we exited at the semifinal stage.
Four years later it was tried again by John Mitchell when he used Leon MacDonald to replace the injured Tana Umaga against Australia in the semifinal - again without success.
Umaga was the exception. His successful introduction to the All Black midfield, after a stellar career on the wing, illustrates that it can be done.
He was the right man for the job at the right time. He had a natural game that suited confrontation and his transition to the midfield was seamless. As dangerous as he was in space, he was just as effective in the close quarters and he revelled in the role.
Conrad Smith has similarly mastered the position with his combination of rugby intelligence, defensive accuracy and subtle skills.
In Ben Smith we see such similar traits that our expectation is that he would fill the void on the end-of-year tour with great ease.
I'm a big fan of Ben Smith. I love his character and competitive nature, and his range of rugby skills and nous should be something we continue to enjoy.
My concern is are we prepared to lose the counter-attacking, try-scoring, creative and secure outside back, just to solve a short-term problem?
Rugby at the highest level is so often about confidence. Ben Smith didn't make the strongest start to his All Black career but has proven his class. Do we jeopardise that form and confidence by taking him into the unknown?
I'm sure he'll do what the team needs. I just hope it's not to the detriment of his own well-established place in this All Blacks lineup.
It's a risk the selectors might just be prepared to take.
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