Graeme Beveridge will attempt to relaunch an international career that has never quite taken off since making his Test debut in 2000 during Wednesday's game against NSW County.
The scrum-half has come through a tough time with injuries but is now aiming to break back into the national side as he enjoys Scotland's tour of Australasia.
"I play rugby because I want to play for my country, so any time you are selected to go on a tour or in a squad, that is the biggest thrill,'' Beveridge said.
"I was on the bench against the Barbarians [on May 22] and running out at Murrayfield again for the first time in a while was just brilliant. You never get sick of that and it makes all the injuries worthwhile.
"There are two very good young scrum-halves coming through but I am still only 28 and I don't think I am coming to the end," he added.
The competition is fierce with Chris Cusiter and Mike Blair ahead of him and Beveridge concedes that things might well have been different had he not spent a total of 20 months out recovering from successive dislocated ankles.
"The first time I was injured I was down for a long time during my rehab but I read a very good article on the psychology of injury and it was interesting how it can almost destroy you if you let it get on top of you,'' Beveridge recalled.
"You can start to worry about things you can't control, about whether you are playing better than anyone else. You lose focus on what you are trying to do.
"Ultimately it is how you perform as an individual, to play the best you can and get selected, not how other guys are performing.''
With the team for the first Test against Samoa named before kick-off, even a stand-out display against NSW Country is unlikely to earn Beveridge an immediate look-in.
But there are two Tests against Australia to come and Scotland head coach Matt Williams indicated to the players that places in every position will go to the man in form.
"Everybody who is coming on this tour has a chance to play for Scotland,'' said Beveridge.
"I am just going to try and play the best I can and put my hat in the ring for the Test team, whether it is for this game against Samoa or the Test against Australia.''
After Scotland suffered their eighth defeat on the bounce to Queensland, victory is now vital to the squad's momentum and morale heading into Friday's Test.
"Wednesday is a huge game for the whole tour because we are desperate to get a win under our belts so we can build from it as a squad,'' the scrum-half added.