James Mortimer 24.Aug.2012getty
Traditionally a front man who can play both sides of the scrum is needed on the bench, which means at times Crockett has missed out on the Black jersey due to the presence of the most capped All Blacks prop in history Tony Woodcock.
Injury has opened the door for Crockett, but despite this the future looks promising for one of the silent performers of the Crusaders scrum, with law changes resulting in a second prop being named on the reserve bench.
Crockett told the NZ Herald those changes made a big impact.
"I was pretty excited when I heard that law," Crockett said.
"It could be a bit of a game changer for me with the All Blacks while Woody is still number one. For a number of years, when it came to the bench picks it always seemed the second loosehead prop lost out."
In the World Cup squad last year Crockett was said in many quarters to be the unlucky player, with Woodcock picked despite a run of minor injuries, but the Blues hard man has carved out his place at the country’s premier number one.
With Ben Franks and John Afoa offering versatility, Crockett had often missed out on chances to add to his six test caps, but he was never tempted to leave New Zealand while he had the chance to chase an All Blacks dream.
"I love what I do here in New Zealand,” he said.
“Playing for the Crusaders has been a massive part of my life and I absolutely love it to bits and this team has always been something which has been extremely special since I was a kid. I can't walk away from that, not while I have a chance at it. It is special to me and I just want to make sure I give it the best I have got for as long as I can."