Jonathan Danty is eager to make up for lost time after making his debut for France in last weekend's win over Italy in the Six Nations.
The Stade Français prospect tasted success in the Top 14 last season as his club lifted the Bouclier de Brennus.
Now the 23-year-old is looking to make a similar impact on the international stage after partnering with Gaël Fickou against the Azzurri last weekend, with the challenge of Ireland to come on Saturday.
Revealing how he overcame doubts about his physical ability along with early mental setbacks off the field, Danty is now able to see how far he's come.
"It is true that I was slowed by physical problems," Danty told the Six Nations website.
"I found myself quite young and alone in an apartment. So I had to turn a corner.
"That warned me though, just how high the standard is at international level. I've prepared myself with high-intensity games for my club.
"I'm struggling to think of myself as a revelation – I am in my fourth professional season. I know what I'm capable of, but I've got to keep my feet on the ground.
"The top aim for me is to break the line then send a pass of 15 or 20 metres to my winger, and then watch him touch down over the line.
"To be part of the full France team is quite something. It's a real honour."