Brumbies lock Sam Carter is ready to be unleashed on the new Super Rugby season after a frustrating World Cup campaign.
Carter didn't make an appearance in the tournament despite coming back from injury just in time to be in contention to make Michael Cheika's 31-man squad after a knee injury. He was later called into the squad as an injury replacement for Will Skelton.
“I just made sure I did everything possible to put myself in the best position for selection,” Carter said.
“At the end of the day I wasn’t too disappointed that I didn’t get a game because I knew I had done everything I could. It was tough to not get a run but at the same time I didn’t leave anything behind.”
Back at the Brumbies, the 25-year-old with 12 Test caps feels ready to offer his experience to the young members of the squad.
“We’ve got a lot of guys with a fair bit of experience and I’m becoming one of those people,” Carter said.
“A few guys are looking to step up this year and really make a mark on the team and lead around the park.”
Carter will also handle the Brumbies' lineout in 2016 – an effective weapon last year especially through their rolling maul.
“I’ve been given the lineout duties this year,” Carter said.
“I’m looking to further my game in all aspects and but definitely one (leading the lineout) I want to bring to 2016.
"We’ve been doing a fair bit of work on it this pre-season and hopefully it comes good in February.”