ACT Brumbies flanker Colby Faingaa has taken up the fight to resume his place in the Super Rugby squad, claiming competition with emerging star Michael Hooper is bringing out the best in him.
Faingaa will continue his comeback from a ligament injury in his foot when he plays his third game back for the Tuggeranong Vikings against Royals in the John I Dent Cup at Vikings Park this afternoon.
The 21-year-old hasn't been able to play with the Brumbies since injuring his foot in the pre-season clash with the Queensland Reds, but said he was getting closer to pushing for a spot.
Faingaa said competition with Hooper, who has signed to join the NSW Waratahs next season, was driving his ambition.
''It's been real good having Hoops here, it's made competition for that openside [flanker] spot real tough, which has pushed me and I think my game has seen the benefits,'' Faingaa said.
''Obviously, it's a definite goal [to return to the Brumbies team]. I've just got to get my foot right and then I can aim for some bench time and hopefully get some minutes.''
The Vikings have dominated the start of the John I Dent Cup season, winning their first two matches against Queanbeyan and Gungahlin by a combined total of 121-10.
John I Dent Cup: Wests v Easts at Jamison Oval; Tuggeranong v Royals at Viking Park; Gungahlin v Uni-Norths at Nicholls Oval. All games at 3.05pm.