New Zealand scrum-half Andy Ellis never gave up on his All Black dream despite not featuring for four years.
Ellis kicked the ball out as New Zealand claimed World Cup glory in 2011 but has not played for the All Blacks since.
However he was called up this week for the upcoming match against Samoa, and is expected to make his return with top duo Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara both playing in the Super Rugby Final on Saturday.
And while the Crusaders scrum-half admits there were times when he questioned whether he would get another chance at Test level, he didn't even consider a move abroad.
"There were a few moments there over the last four years [where it's] been pretty tough at times but I always believed there was always a goal to wear the black jersey again," Ellis told One News.
After being part of the All Blacks World cup winning squad, the 31-year-old found himself on the outer when he was dropped the following year.
"We had some quality young nines coming up in New Zealand rugby that needed to be given an opportunity and have played well," added Ellis.
"Shag (Steve Hansen) just said you know what your job is here? And I said yip, he said good alright I'll talk to you later. It's a respect thing I know what needs to be done.
"It's a cop out (to go abroad) I reckon. I always said I wanted to play my best rugby while I was in New Zealand. I didn't want to waste it."