Wallabies lock Rob Simmons believes a fine showing in their Rugby Championship opener against South Africa will help restore his team's credibility on the international stage.
After winning just six of their 14 Tests in 2014, Australia have dropped to sixth place in World Rugby's rankings which is their lowest ever position.
But, despite that, Simmons is confident the Wallabies will return to the victory trail in Brisbane on Saturday and that they will be amongst the contenders at the Rugby World Cup in England later this year.
“It’s very important for us as a team to start building our own identity and putting our best foot forward from the start, and show the rest of Australia and the world how we want to play this game,” he told Fox Sports
“Something we’ve worked on for 12 months now is to find out exactly what we want to be.
“There’s no ifs or buts we have this identity, anyone can come into this group and they’ll know what we’re about and what they have to do to fit in.
“We started that during the spring tour. This weekend is all about us trying to put that out to the public.”
Simmons believes he is fitter now than during Super Rugby and credits the training he had in the Wallaby camp while the Waratahs and Brumbies were involved in that tournament's play-offs for the change in his conditioning.
“We’ve had three weeks of just getting smashed now and we’re ready to play,” he added.
“We’ve done a fair bit of work and we feel as though we’re a lot fitter even though it’s essentially halfway through the year. “Everyone’s feeling in good shape and ready to get out there to play another game now.”