Argentinian scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli carried 240 cans of Red Bull into the ACT Brumbies team room on Thursday as part of a personal sponsorship deal, so it's no surprise the club's marquee recruit is buzzing for his debut match.
But it's the tutelage of an Australian rugby great, George Gregan, that is set to kickstart his career, with coach Stephen Larkham declaring Cubelli is already the best running No. 9 in Brumbies history.
Cubelli will make his Brumbies debut in the pre-season trial against the NSW Waratahs in Wagga on Saturday, with young gun Jordan Jackson-Hope to get his chance at inside centre.
Larkham has opted to rest a host of Wallabies, including Stephen Moore, Christian Lealiifano, David Pocock, Scott Sio and Scott Fardy.
He will name a new captain on Friday, with Matt Toomua and Jarrad Butler the front-runners to take the reins while co-skippers Moore and Lealiifano are out of action.
Cubelli started training with the Brumbies in January after being signed to replace Wallabies scrumhalf Nic White and his journey begins with one of the biggest rivalries in Australian rugby.
Cubelli sat in the stands to watch the Brumbies play the Waratahs in 2013, and says he's ready for a brutal initiation.
"When I was here [in 2013], the only game we saw was the Brumbies against the Waratahs and they were hating each other," Cubelli said before offering his Red Bull cases to teammates.
"It didn't matter that they played together in the Wallabies, they were crushing each other. I could feel it in the stands, and the boys have been telling me about the rivalry. It's one more thing to enjoy.
"I'm just thinking of my game and my play. I want the Brumbies fans not to be missing Nic [White], he's a great player."
The Brumbies and Waratahs will renew their bitter rivalry to begin their seasons, with NSW coach Daryl Gibson picking monster Will Skelton to make his comeback from injury and skipper Dave Dennis.
Both clubs were knocked out in the semi-finals last year, and are intent on getting another shot at Super Rugby title glory.
Larkham has high hopes for Cubelli, who played for Argentina at the World Cup last year.
Former Wallabies captain Gregan was in Canberra this week and has been working with Cubelli to improve his passing game.
"He has the repertoire there to control the team, every session he's been getting better and better. Coming here was pretty daunting, first time away from home, speaking a new language with new players," Larkham said.
"He was a bit over-rawed when he first got here ... but when he's on the field he gets that competitive adrenaline surge. This weekend is his first test.
"His passing is OK, not quite as crisp as Whitey's but in a game situation he knows how to get the ball out of there. I don't think we'll lose too much, and I think his running game is far superior to anyone we've seen at the Brumbies ever.
"He's very exciting around the rucks, he's get that bit of Argentinian flair where he only needs a sniff of space, and he's got all the skills to back it up."
Toomua will start at flyhalf, discarded World Cup prop Ben Alexander gets his chance to continue with Sam Carter, Tevita Kuridrani and Joseph Tomane also playing.
Lealiifano is coming back from a slight calf injury, Sio has recovered from knee and shoulder problems while Robbie Coleman is on the comeback trail from niggles.
Aidan Toua gets a crack at fullback in Coleman's absence while Nigel Ah Wong and Lausii Taliaulii have opportunities to impress on the wing.
ACT Brumbies: Aidan Toua, Lausii Taliauli, Andrew Smith, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Nigel Ah Wong, Matt Toomua, Tomas Cubelli, Ita Vaea, Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler, Sam Carter, Tom Staniforth, Ben Alexander, Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa. Reserves: Albert Anae, Robbie Abel, Leslie Leuluai'ali'i-Makin, Ruan Smith, Rory Arnold, Blake Enever, Ben Hyne, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Michael Dowsett, Nick Jooste, Joe Tomane, Jake Rakic, Tevita Kuridrani, James Dargaville, Isaac Thompson.