Harry Wilson's rapid rise has continued with the former Gunnedah native to make his debut for the Queensland Reds in their Super Rugby opener against the ACT Brumbies on Friday night.
Wilson has been named to start at No.8 and is one of five debutants in the match-day 23 and one of two in the starting side with former Brumby Henry Speight selected to play on the wing against his former club.
Inverell product Jock Campbell will start on the other wing.
Wilson was touted as a potential bolter to be thrown straight into the starting side, after impressing during the pre-season, Reds coach Brad Thorn describing him "as a prospect" after their win over the NSW Waratahs in Dalby last Friday night.
Part of a strong group of young backrowers coming through at the club, Wilson told rugby.com.au, he has never been so focused.
"Every session just to switch on," he said.
"Some other teams I've been in you can have a few off days but if you have an off day here, the next training you'll be in the second team."
The Reds will be bolstered up-front with the return of props JP Smith and Feao Fotuaika from injury, while Izack Rodda will also make his comeback following routine off-season ankle surgery post the Rugby World Cup.
Queensland's backline remains unchanged from the Waratahs clash, with Isaac Lucas earning his second Super Rugby start in the number-10 jersey and James O'Connor partnering Jordan Petaia in an exciting centre-pairing combination.
Liam Wright will lead the team in his first Queensland-capped match as captain and will have the support of Rodda, Speight and Bryce Hegarty as part of the Reds leadership group this season.
"We're excited for the season to start. We have the Brumbies first-up and we look forward to a tough contest," Thorn said.
"Dalby and Gladstone had us for two trial games which were important hit-outs leading into the season."
"Five guys could make their Queensland debuts on Friday night which is an awesome thing to recognise. They've worked hard during the pre-season and deserve their selection."