World Cup prop Scott Sio says he is ready to shoulder more responsibility as a senior player, vowing not to let off-season injuries dampen his excitement for the 2016 Super Rugby season.
ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has laid down the challenge to the club's most experienced players to stand up as leaders during pre-season training as they aim for a breakthrough title.
Sio is one of a new batch of leaders emerging in Canberra, using his Wallabies experience and five years of Super Rugby action to set an example for the next generation.
The 24-year-old front-rower also said contract negotiations would not be a distraction as he prepares for the season, with the Brumbies targeting Sio, Christian Lealiifano and David Pocock as priority signings.
“I guess I do feel like a senior guy in a way, it’s all happened pretty quickly for me,” Sio said.
“I’ve worked very hard and been very lucky to get the opportunities I’ve had, I’ll never take that for granted. It can be a cut-throat sport at times in terms of selection and injury, you’ve got to take the good with the bad.
“Maybe I’d like to step into a leadership role in the tight five in the coming years if I decide to stay. I don’t think you can put things on the backburner, but the 2016 season is my priority.”