Chris Robshaw knows that he is not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up for England's first Test of the season - but he's not going down without a fight.
The Harlequins flanker was rested for England's tour to South America in June, and in his absence Tom Wood received many plaudits for his leadership and Gloucester youngster Matt Kvesic made a strong case for his permanent inclusion in the number seven jersey.
Heading into the new season Robshaw faces a tough battle to retain both the England captaincy and a place in the first XV but having enjoyed a good off-season, he's feeling fresh and ready to make his mark.
"I'm going to fight for my place as I have always done," he told The Telegraph.
"I have never taken anything for granted. Form is everything. Everyone has to earn their place, and that includes the captain. You could never lead a side with any authority if your team-mates didn't think you deserved your place in the side first and foremost as a player.
"I did want to tour as I never want to give up a chance to play for England. In hindsight, though, it was good that there were people like Stuart and [Harlequins director of rugby] Conor O'Shea to see the bigger picture. I feel rejuvenated, mentally as much as anything. It's all systems go."
For the first time in many years Robshaw enjoyed a six-week break after the end of the last campaign, and he believes this will serve him well heading into the new season.
"The season's end was deflating, what with being knocked out in the Premiership semi-finals, so I did make a point of getting away from rugby entirely," he explained.
"You need to be right on top of your game to be successful and you are always looking at ways to improve. There is real competition for places in England now and that's how you want it. I intend to fight for that shirt just like everyone else."