Border and North East sports fans will see one of world rugby union's most explosive players next week.
John Eales medallist Marika Koroibete will join a host of Australian representatives when the Melbourne Rebels and Brumbies (ACT) play their final two trial games at Albury's Greenfield Park.
"He's definitely one of the best finishers, he creates a lot of opportunities out of nothing," Rebels' team-mate Matt To'omua said.
He's definitely one of the best finishers, he creates a lot of opportunities out of nothing. He's electric quick, but also very strong. He's also a good defender, he's exciting.Rebels' Matt To'omua on team-mate Marika Koroibete
"He's electric quick, but also very strong. He's also a good defender, he's exciting."
Koroibete became the first specialist winger to claim the sport's greatest individual prize in Australia.
He trailed fellow star back Samu Kerevi heading into the World Cup, but produced a sterling campaign in a disappointing team effort to claim the award by 50 votes.
Fly-half To'omua was another Wallabies' representative who will play in the region's biggest rugby union clash since the Rebels and NSW Waratahs met in February, 2014.
"They haven't named the team yet, but the general understanding is we'll all get some game time before the first round," he said.
The Super Rugby season starts on January 31, meaning the trials take on extra significance as players duel for positions.
"Especially as only a week later we're playing for competition points," To'omua said.
"You want to get game time and build a winning culture as well.
"No teams ever give too much away in terms of trick play but, at the same time, you have to be build good habits.
"It's not completely a case of the result doesn't matter, that's a fib, you've still got to win a game, you just have to win it in a different way I guess."
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The first game will start at 3.45pm on Thursday, January 23, with the second from 6pm.
Prior to that, a sportsman's luncheon will be held at the Albury Club with Nick Farr-Jones and Tim Gavin, along with coaches David Wessels (Rebels) and Dan McKellar.