Wallabies winger Nick Cummins believes coach Michael Foley has brought self-belief to the under-performing Western Force.
Foley is in his second year as Force coach, having taken charge after the disastrous 2012 season.
“He has brought in quite a bit of belief, not just in the team but individually. That’s the start of it,” Cummins said.
“You've got to believe in yourself, believe in the team and then achieve.”
Cummins, back in training after the Wallabies Spring tour, also said the team needed to be confident in its ability.
“Maybe it is a self-belief thing, maybe it is a confidence thing, but that is what this culture is about,” he said.
“We've been building that over the last couple of years and we all believe that we are going in the right direction.
“You can see from some of our performances.
"We’ll go games where you beat a couple of good teams and it's unexpected because we suddenly click and put it together.”
Cummins said he had been impressed with Foley’s recruiting for the new season.
“There’s a couple of big hoolas getting about there, especially the big Saffas,” he said.
“They’re looking big and strong. That will be good for us, especially against the big South African teams when you’ve got to muscle up.
“These blokes’ aggressiveness at training has really shown through and that will be crucial.”
When asked whether the side could finally make a finals series Cummins, who has signed with the Force for another two years, said it was not something being discussed.
“Players can talk about finals until they are blue in the face and it means less each time,” he said.
“Deep down we all know where we want to go and this is getting better every year.
"We’ll do better every year until we win the bugger.”
Cummins had a rollercoaster 2013 with limited Super games because of injury.
He was called into the Wallabies, broke his hand against Argentina in Perth but returned to play four Tests on the Spring tour of Europe.
There was a black mark against his name after he was one of six players stood down by coach Ewen McKenzie for the Test against Scotland after staying out late and drinking after the Test in Dublin
But Cummins says he learned plenty from the tour.
“I was happy how it finished. To get four (Tests) out of five was a goal. I’m super stoked,” he said.
“The universe works in crazy ways. Your good luck will come in waves and so does your bad so you have to take the good with the bad and press forward,” he said.
“I’m feeling terrific, now it’s where can you go from here.
“You’ve got to go one step further other wise you’re going backwards. I want to take it up one level and be that consistent player for the national side.”