Scotland flanker Jason White claims he will be an improved and more rounded player when he returns to action in time for the World Cup.
White, 29, has been out of action since undergoing a knee operation in November, after sustaining major ligament damage in the autumn Test against Romania.
But the Sale Sharks back-row forward, who was captain of his country when injury struck, is stepping up his training and expects to be fully fit to face Ireland on August 11.
Providing he comes through that Murrayfield match, and the home clash with South Africa a fortnight later, White will be on his way to the World Cup with head coach Frank Hadden's side.
White said: "Fitness is going well. I'm running, even doing changes of direction, which is good considering it's only five months since I underwent reconstructive surgery on my right knee.
"At present I've got the chance to focus on improving my agility and changing direction at speed.
"When you're out injured for a prolonged period you do re-examine your game a wee bit. I suppose folk reckon my game is quite confrontational - it's about the power battle - but this situation gives me the chance to add something different to my repertoire.
"At the moment it's full steam ahead and I'm targeting being back available for Frank's selection for our Bank of Scotland Corporate August Test against Ireland."
He added: "To challenge yourself against the best in the world is a massive motivation and having been fortunate enough to play in the last World Cup in Australia, it goes without saying that I'm determined to savour the competition once more."
Meanwhile the Scottish Rugby Union have revealed details of a partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University.
An elite Exiles academy will be founded at the university's Headingley campus, with the best available facilities on hand.
Hadden, a former student at the Yorkshire university, said: "We know that there are thousands of Scottish-qualified players in England and we value the enormous contribution Scottish Exiles have made to Scottish Rugby over the years.
"I welcome this partnership as it will enable young Scottish Exiles players to access high quality coaching and have a support network in place that will give them every chance of realising their full potential."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.