Melbourne Rebels new recruit Mike Harris says that the challenge of facing last year's finalists first, the Crusaders, is exciting.
Harris has made the move south from Queensland after several seasons with the Reds, which included a Super Rugby title in 2011.
The 26-year-old however has spoken of looking for a fresh challenge and is now settling down in Melbourne for the new campaign, having been pleased with how the Rebels have played in pre-season.
"We're excited by the challenge and there's no better way to test ourselves than against last year's finalists," Harris told The Dominion Post.
"It was more important to get through how we want to play the game [in pre-season], things are coming along nicely."
Harris could be used at fly-half, inside centre of full-back by the Rebels this season, with his trusty goalkicking making him another valuable option.
His big hope is that a strong season plus his extensive skill-set may see him recalled by Australia. Harris has played ten Tests for the Wallabies, the last of which came in 2013 against Wales.
"I'd love to get back in there but you can't look too far ahead. It was great to be able to start a test against the All Blacks, especially at Suncorp, where I spent four years," stated Harris.
"It's healthy to have all those strings to your bow. Hopefully I'll be somewhere in the mix. One of the best things about the team this year is there's a lot of depth."