Dynamic Brumbies forward Peter Kimlin said his side needs a fast start to the year to build early momentum.
The 26-year-old Kimlin, who is equally as capable in the No.6 jersey as he is at lock, spoke in the build-up to his team's first Super Rugby match under new coach Jake White.
The Brumbies are at home to the Western Force on Friday.
Now in his fifth year of professional rugby with the Brumbies, Kimlin's experience will come in handy when he leads a Brumbies pack with a decidedly youthful look.
The twice-capped Wallaby has had his first full pre-season in three years, having overcome the injury plague that saw him miss almost two full seasons between 2009 and 2011.
Kimlin said while the 2012 season won't be won or lost on Friday, a victory over the Force would set his side's plans in motion and give the players confidence as their season unfolds.
"Being the season opener we are pretty keen to put in a quality performance to start the season," Kimlin said.
"We have a bye in round two, so it would be nice getting to that stage with a win under the belt,” he added.
"For me personally it's been good to start the season fresh, the last few years I've struggled with injury during pre-season. Last year I didn't get back until the second round against the Rebels so to be ready for the season opener is exciting.”
Having assembled in late August, the Brumbies have had almost eight months to eat, sleep and train together. Kimlin said the he and his teammates had circled this Friday in their calendars months ago and they were now ready to play.
"It's been a long pre-season, we've been training and living together for a few months now and I know a lot of the younger guys are jumping out of their skin to play this Friday,” he said.
"Just like us the Force will be wanting a fast start to the season, they have a stack of young guys so there will be no shortage of enthusiasm from their end.
"We've prepared well and put in a lot of effort over the pre-season so hopefully that will be reflected in our performance on Friday night.”
The Brumbies' new coach, White, also said Kimlin must "lead by example".
"We haven't got a lot of experienced players left and it's time now that a lot of these players who've been in the system for a while to put their hand up," White said.
"And we know that one of the positions going forward in the Wallabies' set-up is [No.6] ... I'm hoping Kimmo uses this as an opportunity."
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