Back into Super Rugby action with a try on Friday, Western Force winger Nick Cummins hopes to be in contention soon for the Wallabies.
The charismatic Cummins was making his first appearance since heading to Japan at the end of the 2014 campaign.
His contribution wasn't enough to get the Force back to winning ways but Cummins now has his eye on making the next Australia squad, having gone past two Wallabies in Henry Speight and Nic White to score his try.
"Cheika's got a whole bunch of blokes to choose from who are handy, so I've got to try and get myself into the handy group," Cummins told AAP.
"Speighty is a gun so it's hard enough to get around him. Luckily he wasn't there at the time. But Whitey is a tenacious little mongrel. He's one of those chihuahuas with a bloody big bark – and still a bit of a goer."
Respective head coaches Stephen Larkham of the Brumbies and Cummins' boss Michael Foley were both impressed by his contribution.
"He was fantastic – he finished off that try superbly," Larkham said. "He was very energetic in defence as well. We didn't make any breaks down that side, but we did make some down the other side. So he hit the ground running."
Foley said: "I've had other players come back from Japan to Super Rugby, and the time it takes them is always extensive.
"But he stepped off the plane … to going a million miles an hour. He was due to play 40 minutes tonight, but Luke [Morahan] had to come off so he pushed through."