Brumbies prop Scott Sio was overjoyed to re-sign with the ACT franchise for another three years, but said he would put the celebration on hold until after tonight's Super Rugby blockbuster against the Waratahs in Canberra.
The 24-year-old Wallaby - already seen as one of the best loose-head props in the world - said the grudge match against New South Wales was the biggest game on the Brumbies' calendar.
The team based in the nation's capital will back its chances tonight, after its stunning 52-10 win over last season's runners-up the Hurricanes in round one.
The Tahs, who opened with a 30-10 win against the Queensland Reds, had the wood over the ACT outfit last year, winning both clashes.
Sio, who courageously played through a damaged medial ligament in Australia's loss to New Zealand in last year's Rugby World Cup final, will start tonight after coming off the bench against the Hurricanes.
"It's all come up really well. I'm fit and ready to go," he said.
He also said he knew the side which could collectively keep its emotions in check would have a big advantage.
"Rugby is about controlling your emotions and being able to bring them out at the right times in the game," he said. Sio said there were plenty of positives in him re-committing to the Brumbies, who many believe have arrived at their premiership window.
"I'm very privileged to be able continue what I love here in Canberra for the next three years," he said.
"There's so much I still want to achieve at higher honours, but to be able to achieve that you've got to do well at Super Rugby level."
Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said he was expecting the Waratahs to play their usual brand of physical rugby.
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