Kept on his toes training with the Waratahs, number eight Wycliff Palu is hoping to do enough to win a starting spot for the Wallabies.
Palu's powerful game in attack and defence has played a key role in the Waratahs rising up the log this season.
With Ewen McKenzie possessing a number of different options at number eight, including Scott Higginbotham and Ben McCalman, Palu hopes his strength on both sides of the ball will work in his favour.
"It just comes down to the coach. If I don't get picked I don't take it personally because it's just what the coach really wants," Palu told The Canberra Times.
"If he wants a certain style of player that's the one he's going to go with."
Palu added that the intensity of training under Michael Cheika was paying off for the Waratahs.
"When you have [coach Michael Cheika] right behind you it's easy to get motivated," added Palu.
"Every time I come to training you get nervous ... you know it's going to be a pretty tough session. Once Tuesday's over you're halfway there and when you get to the game you're [ready].
"We train pretty hard here so when you see it in the games it's not really a big step up."