Keith Earls finally seems to have put his injury woes behind him and the versatile back is now desperate to help Ireland to Rugby World Cup glory any way he can.
Back in 2008 Earls burst onto the scene by scoring a debut try with his first touch of the ball in international rugby against Canada.
That appeared to signal the start of a glittering career but despite making it on to the British & Irish Lions tour in 2009 he has been hampered by multiple knee and shoulder injuries ever since.
However, fully-fit since the start of 2015 Earls forced his way into Joe Schmidt’s World Cup squad and started on the wing in the opening 50-7 win over Canada.
The 27-year-old is equally comfortable at centre or full-back and as Ireland gear up to face Romania in their second Pool game on Sunday, the Munster man is desperate to be involved, in whoever position.
“Hopefully I’ll get another run out – I’d like to keep going,” explained Earls. “Joe [Schmidt] said after the Canada game that he might make a few changes but hopefully I’ll get another game, be it at centre or on the wing.
“I’m happy to play anywhere – I feel very comfortable switching up positions. It’s about getting in the team and trying to stay there.
“I’ve been on the run now and without injuries since January, so it’s great to have nine months under my belt.
“You have a lot on your mind when you’re injured but when you’re fit, you’re in a routine. For me it’s all about being fit – when I don’t have any niggles, I feel good.”
Ireland are considered one of the dark horses for the World Cup and on paper, they should easily beat minnows Romania at Wembley on Sunday.
But this year’s tournament has already thrown up the biggest shock in World Cup history as Japan beat two-time winners South Africa 34-32 in Brighton.
And Earls admits that result has a lot of the big boys spooked.
“You’re not licking your lips at playing the likes of Romania after that Japan game – I think Japan has scared everyone,” he added.
“Against Romania it’s going to be a physical game and it’s going to be a big occasion for them playing at Wembley against the Six Nations champions, so I’m sure they are going to be up for it.
“I don’t think it will be as easy as people are maybe saying.”