Scott Sio has his eye on a Wallabies recall this year as the injured loosehead prop continues on the comeback trail.
A hamstring injury forced Sio out of Australia's three-Test series against France, with the ACT Brumbies star returning to Canberra to begin rehabilitation.
The 29-year-old is determined to give himself the best chance of a return to the Test arena for The Rugby Championship which begins in mid-August.
"I didn't think I could get faster, the older I get. Apparently I found my hamstrings and unfortunately they didn't last long," Sio joked.
"It's been good to be back here in Canberra, a place I'm familiar with obviously, to be able to just focus on my rehab, get right and put myself, physically and mentally, in the right spot so if I do get the opportunity to rejoin the squad later in the year I'm good to go.
"Everything is tracking really well at the moment, hopefully we stay on track, but I've just got to be diligent with it."
Sio joined a raft of his Brumbies teammates at Duntroon's Portsea Oval at the southern states junior championships this week.
"It's unreal, it brings back a lot of memories from when I was a junior growing up," Sio said.
"These are the days you look forward to, there are a lot of kids here representing their regions and getting their first taste of representative footy as well.
"It's just been a great atmosphere, a lot of parents here who have probably driven their kids a long way and sacrificed a lot of time to hopefully help their kids achieve their dreams."
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