However, having turned out for the Tri-Nations winners in his adopted homeland earlier this year, he will not have the additional pressure of a debut against the team he once wanted to play for.
Rawlinson told The New Zealand Herald: "I've been pretty good this week so far. The first time I pulled on the black jersey it was quite a big moment, so I'm focused on the rugby now and feel I can deal with it a bit better.
"I've gone through it in my head a number of times but I think I'll be ready for it. It's quite strange. I played my first provincial game at Loftus so coming back here with the All Blacks is quite a big thing."
He added: "I'm used to all of that. Any opposition coming over here is going to get some abuse, but will there be any more this time? I don't know, we'll have to see."
Rawlinson, who left South Africa three years ago, made his debut against Ireland having fulfilled a three-year stand-down period.