Morne Steyn is hoping he can achieve his dream of playing for the Springboks even if it is at the expense of his former school-mate.
Uncapped Steyn has been in scintillating form the Bulls this season, top-scoring with 191 points as the Pretoria franchise went on to become the Super 14 champions.
That has seen the 24-year-old propelled into the South Africa squad to face the British and Irish Lions - but Steyn faces competition from his friend Ruan Pienaar for the No.10 jersey.
The duo formed a promising half-back combination at junior school in Bloemfontein, before going their separate ways at high school.
And Steyn admitted: "Ruan and I have come a long way since being together at junior school and we spoke about it today.
"Back then we already dreamt about one day playing together for the Springboks.
"It is a big dream come true and hopefully it can carry on for a while."
Steyn had spent his time waiting in the shadows at the Bulls, as Derick Hougaard made the fly-half position his own.
However Steyn believes Hougaard's move to Leicester has helped him become a better player.
He added: "It definitely made a difference to my game because I knew I was going to start every game and that the responsibility was on my shoulders.
"That made it much easier for me because I could concentrate on giving my best in each game."