For Rhodri Jones, it’s been a long road to get back to where he began.
It was as a physically imposing young loosehead prop that he first burst on the scene with the Scarlets a decade ago.
And that’s the position he now occupies within Wales’ Six Nations squad having been recalled to the set-up by Wayne Pivac.
But, for some five years, Jones was the subject of a Warren Gatland experiment, as he was converted into a tighthead.
Looking for a successor to the great Adam Jones and surveying Rhodri’s 6ft 3ins, 18st 3lbs frame, Gatland saw a No.3 in the making.
His view was he had all the physical attributes for the job.
So, at the Kiwi’s instigation, the change was made, with the young man from Pwllheli moving across the front row.
In Test terms, it’s a transition that paid off, as Jones has 17 caps to his name, the majority of them won on the tighthead.
But it was a challenging assignment for him, as he struggled to come to terms with his new role as a scrum cornerstone.
There was a feeling that a potentially top-class loosehead had been sacrificed to produce a makeshift tighthead.
In the end, Jones' form was affected as a result.
He dropped out of the Test reckoning, his national dual contract wasn’t renewed and he had limited meaningful rugby at the Scarlets, as he slipped down their pecking order.
In a bid to revive his career, Jones moved to the Ospreys in 2016 and that eventually saw him revert to his old loosehead berth.
Gradually, he has got back on track, scrummaging solidly and making a big contribution around the field, particularly in defence, establishing himself as a ten tackles a game man.
Now, some two and a half years on from his last cap, he has been rewarded with a Wales recall, amid injuries to Nicky Smith and Rob Evans.
Commenting on his decision to turn to Jones, Pivac said: “He was a loosehead by trade earlier on in his career and he had big raps on him at the Scarlets.
“He went across to the tighthead and probably stalled his career a little bit, but he’s gone back to the loosehead at the Ospreys.
“I’ve been in dialogue with Toby Booth, who rates him as one of his more destructive looseheads. Discipline-wise at the scrum, he’s very good.
“He’s an experienced player who has played in this competition before.
“People like Gareth Thomas and Corey Domachowski were under discussion, but at the end of the day we went with that little bit of experience and the fact he’s the most disciplined in that position.”
So how has Jones, now 29, viewed the way his career has gone?
When he last spoke on the subject, he was able to see either side of the coin.
“I played for Wales as a tighthead and had 15 caps which might not have come otherwise,” said the former Llandovery College student.
“In that aspect, it was worth it. Not everyone gets the chance to play for Wales.”
However, he has acknowledged there were some tough times along the way.
“I had to learn a new position, a new skill and it was a big challenge,” he admits.
“At times, it was frustrating. I was a tighthead for four or five years and put everything, all my focus into that.
“Maybe it didn’t work out as I would have liked. That was kind of difficult because I wanted to go and be a really good tighthead and maybe I didn’t achieve that. It’s hard.
“It’s different for different people. Some can do it.
“If you look at John Ryan and Andrew Porter in Ireland, they have done it and it’s gone well for them.
“It maybe suits some players better and it’s easier for others to do it.”
With the tighthead experiment behind him, Jones is now ready to write a new chapter in his international story, having gone back to go forward.