Gabby Petersen was always destined to play for Australia. It's written in her blood.
Her grandfather, Roger Cornforth, overcame the horrors of being a prisoner of war in Japan to becoming a two-Test Wallaby in the late 1940's.
Cornforth was a member of the first Wallabies team to win the Bledisloe Cup on New Zealand soil, a year after making his Olympics debut at the 1948 London Games in water polo.
Petersen is enjoying her first Wallaroos camp at the AIS this week and hopes to follow in her grandfather's footsteps, with the 2021 World Cup looming on the horizon.
"Rugby is a huge part of my life and my family's life," Petersen said.
"It's really cool [to be here], it does mean a lot to me. It's really cool seeing how excited they are for me because they've been in the same position and know the joy that comes from playing the sport, making new friends and challenging yourself in every aspect of life - that's what's amazing about this sport.
"I'm really grateful to have this opportunity to make them proud because they are the best."
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Her selection in Dwayne Nestor's squad caps off a whirlwind year for the winger, who only started playing rugby union 12 months ago.
Petersen was playing rugby sevens when a group of her teammates decided to attend ACT Brumbies trials.
She tagged along because she had a free Saturday and ended up having the time of her life.
"It's paid off ever since and I can't get enough of it," Petersen said.
Petersen went on to have a breakthrough season with the Brumbies and Tuggeranong ViQueens, where she won the best and fairest award for 2020.
She's one of four Brumbies selected for the training camp, which resumes the Wallaroos' preparation for September's World Cup in New Zealand.
"The World Cup has been in the back of my mind, it's ultimately everyone's goal but for now I'm really stoked to be here for this camp and training with the girls," Petersen said.
"I'm really keen for this next week to see how everything goes."
Next year's Super W will likely take place in June to help develop and prepare players leading into the World Cup.
It's understood Rugby Australia will look to enter a sixth team into the competition, a move Wallaroo Michaela Leonard says will thrust extra talents onto the national radar.
"It will widen the competition and bring in some extra talent, which is going to be crucial to see what we have to offer for the Tests later in the year," she said.
"It's really important to keep that standard of play high, particularly leading into a World Cup. I think [moving] it [to June] will work better than having a good chunk of play and then a couple of months off.
"Everyone should roll straight into that Test series, be ready to go, fit, healthy and playing at a good intensity."
2020 Wallaroos training squad: Iliseva Batibasaga, Emily Chancellor, Georgia Cormick, Lori Cramer, Piper Duck, Georgina Freidrichs, Anita Faimasui-Brown, Aleena Greenhalgh, Grace Hamilton (c), Ariana Hira-Herangi, Eva Karpani, Grace Kemp, Atasi Lafai, Michaela Leonard, Ashlee Makim, Nareta Marsters, Arabella McKenzie, Averyl Mitchell, Lillyann Mason, Jemima McCalman, Tiarah Minns, Layne Morgan, Gabby Peterson, Pauline Pilae, Trilleen Pomare, Hilisha Samoa, Oneata Schwalger, Christina Sekona, Cecilia Smith, Tayla Stanford, Maya Stewart, Ashleigh Walker.