James Mortimer 05.Sep.2012Getty Images
Cruden's form over recent times appears to have locked up his berth as second number ten in New Zealand Rugby, and while the Chiefs Super Rugby championship winner might not get a start against Argentina, it didn't concern the young playmaker.
The Chiefs first five-eighth started against Ireland in Hamilton for the All Blacks, but Carter has started both recent tests against the Wallabies.
It didn't bother the Manawatu and former Junior World Cup captain.
"I just have to make the most of my opportunities when I get them." he said.
"At the moment they are limited, but I'm really enjoying and thriving in this environment.
He said that playing 'behind' Carter was a privledge.
"It's a real honour to be picked in this squad and that's exactly how I see it," Cruden said.
I'm sitting behind a pretty good player in Dessie (Carter) and he's always helping me as much as he can, which is great."
Cruden's last appearance for the All Blacks was in the final ten minutes against the Wallabies at Eden Park, a move that shifted Carter to 12 for the close of the match.
"That worked all right," Cruden said.
"I was just stoked to get out on the field. If the coaches see that as a potential combination that will be great for me to get out on the field."