Not giving up ... Scott Sio. Photo: Karleen Minney
While most of Scott Sio's ACT Brumbies teammates are on holidays or with the Wallabies, the young prop is training hard in Canberra to give himself the best chance of an international recall.
Sio was left out of Ewen McKenzie's 28-man Wallabies squad to tour South Africa and Argentina after playing the first four Tests of the Rugby Championship.
Coach McKenzie opted to recall 59-Test veteran Benn Robinson for Saturday night's game against the Springboks, with Brumby Ben Alexander, James Slipper and Sekope Kepu the three other props picked.
The Wallabies scrum has come under fire after failing to adapt to the new rules. With Sio having played just 106 minutes across four Tests, it could be argued the wrong man was omitted.
The 21-year-old admitted to disappointment, but he understood McKenzie's decision to opt for experience.
''I don't think any player enjoys being dropped,'' Sio said on Monday.
''I understand they have to fix the scrum, unfortunately we're on the bad end in terms of international rugby and we have to make some changes and make some calls.
''[McKenzie] said he'd still keep a very close eye on me, he's enjoyed the year I've had … unfortunately he wanted to take an experienced team over there and that little bit of experience across the front row is where I lose out.
''You can sit there and dwell on it or you can move on and get fit and get stronger and bide your time.''
Now he's seen the pinnacle of rugby, he desperately wants to get back there.
Which is why he's training as hard as he can back in the ACT.
Luckily, weights partner Josh Mann-Rea is doing rehabilitation and is keeping him company.
Sio wants to be physically and mentally ready if McKenzie recalls him.
An injury on Saturday night could have him flying to Argentina for the following week, plus there's the final Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks and then the European spring tour in November.
Sio spent last week in Sydney discussing the dark arts of scrummaging with father David, who was a prop for Samoa in the early 1990s.
Back in Canberra, he's now picking the brains of Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher.
''Laurie has had a lot to do with my progress this year, along with my family and my dad,'' Sio said.
''It was good to spend the last week at home in Sydney and go through things with my dad and set my own mini objectives to finish off the year strong.
''And I'll be here with Laurie the next three weeks, it'll be great to get his feedback.''
Sio said the South Africans did as they pleased in the 38-12 mauling in Brisbane two weeks ago, but he was confident the Wallabies would turn that around in Cape Town.
''Last time we were physically outplayed, it was disappointing for us as a group and that's going to be the biggest thing this weekend,'' he said.
''Against South African teams you really need to stand up physically … and the boys will get a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence out of our win against Argentina in the wet conditions.''