Luke Morahan never lost the belief that he could make it back into the Wallabies fold.
After four years on the outer, the Force outside back cracked the squad in June, coming off the bench in one Test against England, before coming in and out of the national fold for the rest of the year.
Omission from the Spring Tour group, in favour of NRL flyer Marika Koroibete looked like the end of his 2016 prospects, but Morahan has forced Michael Cheika’s hand with super performances in the NRC and the recent Barbarians tour.
Despite his rough turn of fortune, the 26-year-old said he kept faith that he would feature in a Test again some day.
“I’m confident in my ability and my performances over the last year or so,” he said.
“I was confident that I was there, and if I could keep playing that way I could get back there again.
“It’s just a matter of believing I will do it again, and hoping and aiming towards that as the goal.”- Luke Morahan
Cheika asked some simple things of Morahan when he left him out of the squad and this weekend’s Wallabies fullback said he felt he had delivered.
“I’ve shown everything he asked for essentially; he asked me to be a bit more physical in my contact, keep up with attacking game and defensive game and improve there,” he said.
“An all-round improvement in my game is something he’s asked for and something (that) I think I’ve done.”
Morahan is one of 11 players in this weekend’s starting team that didn’t feature in the 23 against Scotland or Wales but said the new combinations had formed quickly during the week.
“We’ve been together all year and some guys for multiple years, and guys coming in we’ve come through the system together,” he said.
“We’ve got those combinations there already and for me, with Kyle Godwin there, I’ve been playing with him for the past three years.
“It’s something that moving forward as a group, we’re pretty used to getting out there with different combinations and it shows at training.”
While the perception might be that this Wallabies outfit is not as strong as those fielded in the opening two matches, with some of the team’s biggest names out, Morahan said that wasn’t something they could be concerned with.
“It’s massively important, it’s a Test match regardless of who is in there, we’re all going to go out there to perform,” he said.
“It’s a big tour, we want to go through it successfully, this is another game we just want to dominate and play our best, play our game.
“Everyone is going to put their hand up to play the week after as well.
“It doesn’t change a thing.”
Some of the Wallabies squad, as well as some France-based Australian players will be in the mix to play a French Barbarians outfit next week in Bordeaux, while crux of the squad heads to Ireland.
Australia vs France will be shown LIVE on SBS and beIN Sports (Foxtel channel 515) from 7am Sunday AEDT.