All Black fullback Israel Dagg says that the World Cup-winners are determined to avoid the trap of complacency as they start a new chapter under coach Steve Hansen.
Having served as Graham Henry's forwards specialist Hansen is not someone new and he has also retained the majority of the players that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup last year, so there will be plenty of continuity in the wider training group set to go into their second camp in Wellington this week.
Dagg believes that the major challenge for the world champions this year would be avoiding the 'hangover' from last year’s victory and playing with enough intensity to stay at the top of the world rankings.
He told NZ Newswire: "We don't want to be like that, so we're trying not to get too complacent.
"We don't want to be that team after the World Cup which doesn't start too well... we can't go into a game resting on last year's laurels," said Dagg.
The dangerous outside back explained that as the training camps come during a physically taxing Super Rugby season Hansen has kept things relatively simple and is focused on ensuring that the basics are covered and the players are familiar with their teammates and their specific roles.
"It's slow, kind of going back to school, really.
"We're just learning the basics so when we come into camp for the June Tests it's not full on, and we're not just starting from scratch," he said.
Hansen said that the structure of the camps was largely due to the influence of the Super Rugby season, and added that he wanted to lay a solid foundation so that he would be able to focus on specific aspects of their game once this weekend's round of fixtures was complete.
"It's forced us to make sure we're working on the critical few things that are important," he said.
"We're certainly not cluttering anybody's mind, because we're only working on one or two things. We've just got to remember as coaches that we've been waiting six months, but they're in the middle of a campaign so we can't overdo it," Hansen explained.