Quade Cooper hit the ground running with a praline bun in hand straight after a 20-hour flight on Wednesday morning in a desperate bid to establish himself in the Australian rugby sevens team ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.
The France-based No.10 returned to Sydney for this weekend's inaugural Sydney Sevens, the first of three legs of the Sevens World Series his release from Top 14 club Toulon allows. He went straight from his early morning flight to the training paddock.
However, the former Wallabies playmaker was quick to admit to his rookie status as he transitions from the 15-man version to the physically demanding nature of the abbreviated game.
"In terms of general skill set I think I wouldn't be too far off but in saying that it's a game I haven't played much of and I'm under no illusions that it's going to be difficult," said Cooper.
"I'm just here to learn. These guys have worked hard for a number of years to get where they are and I've got to try and learn basically everything in the next few months.
"For me it's all about work ethic. I'll bring work ethic, enthusiasm, and very much eagerness to learn as much as I can."
With Australia named in the same pool as New Zealand at this weekend's fourth leg at a sold-out Allianz Stadium, the potential for Cooper to face All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams is a mouth-watering prospect.
Dual international Williams also made the switch to sevens with his debut in Wellington last weekend, putting in a mixed performance as the Kiwis fought back to win the tournament final after the siren.
Cooper, who spoke to his trans-Tasman rival earlier in the week, compared their sevens journey to their foray into boxing, insisting they were both students of the game.
"He (Williams) said it was tough and he said he's still a rookie," Cooper said.
"I watched a few of his games and saw how well he went in patches - it's like anything, you learn as quick as you can and you adapt as fast as possible.
"There is still so much learning to do and I think for both myself and him it's very similar to boxing.
"When we started boxing we knew very little, and still do, but we put ourselves in that position to learn and that is where the challenge comes - in just being able to learn on the run."
Henry Speight, at teammate of Cooper's in last year's World Cup squad, made his debut at the Dubai Sevens in December and was impressed with Cooper's determination to make the team.
"A lot of the boys didn't expect him to run but he really threw himself out there," Speight said.
"Just shows the character of the man running the first two laps with a praline bun in his hand - basically his breakfast. Off the plane, straight into team meeting, straight onto the paddock - just shows his keenness for the program and the boys really respect that.
"He's got a very special skill set and (is) very suited to sevens. His long passing game and his unpredictability; if he does play it will bring a new dimension to our attacking game."