Dwayne Peel is relishing the chance to rekindle one of Welsh rugby's most prolific half-back partnerships.
Peel and Stephen Jones will be reunited in a Wales starting line-up for the first time since February 2008 when Australia arrive at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
It is a combination launched almost 10 years ago as they embarked on richly-promising club careers with Llanelli.
Between them, they have now amassed 153 Welsh caps and toured three times with the British and Irish Lions, but the sense of excitement is undiminished.
“We haven’t played together for a while, so it will be good to get back to old ways,” said Peel, who currently plies his trade in England with Sale Sharks, while Jones is a Scarlets player once more following a stint at French club Clermont Auvergne.
“Obviously, I’ve known Stephen for a fair time. It would probably be about 1999 when we played together for the Scarlets for the first time.
“I was lucky enough to play with Stephen for about seven or eight years, so it’s good to get back and pass him a few balls again.
“As the years go by, the partnership gets stronger the more games you play. It has definitely grown over the years.
“We know what each other wants, and that becomes a habit. You know how each other likes certain passes, or whatever, and that’s important.
“It has become an instinctive understanding. It helps if you are used to playing with someone because you can talk about things a bit more and take the pressure off each other, and that is what we will aim to do.”
Peel will end Wales’ autumn series where he hopes to start their RBS 6 Nations campaign in just over two months’ time - wearing the number nine shirt.
But he knows nothing can be guaranteed, especially with this year’s Lions Test scrum-half Mike Phillips likely to be fit again following an ankle injury that sidelined him for the November internationals.
Peel, though, is happy for a chance against Australia, having started Wales’ autumn programme watching from the stands.
Because their opening November fixture fell outside the International Rugby Board’s autumn Test window, Peel did not have to be released by his club.
So while his countrymen tackled the All Blacks, Peel spent the previous evening on replacement duty for Sale in a low-key LV= Cup clash against Newport Gwent Dragons at rainswept Rodney Parade.
“I was bitterly disappointed that week, and it was a frustrating time,” he added. “But that’s gone now, and I am looking forward.
“Things like that are out of your control, so it’s just a case of waiting to see when the team is announced and then you go on and take it from there.
“It has been a waiting game for me, and it is about taking the chance when you get it.”