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The Western Force have been aggressive in their recruitment, bolstered by former Wallabies duo Greg Holmes joining after a four-year stint with Exeter, and Kyle Godwin from Irish side Connacht.
They have also hired experienced back Jono Lance, who won Super Rugby titles with the Waratahs and Reds, and have ex-All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush on board.
"In terms of those new signings, they're all quality players that bring a lot of experience there," said Prior.
New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has made it clear those taking part in Super Rugby AU can make a case for consideration in his first Australia squad - a big motivation for the Force players who still harbour dreams of playing for their country.
"I think different people around Australia are going to have those chips on their shoulder with a point to prove particularly with a new Wallabies coach on board," Prior said.
"It'll be surreal lining up against the Waratahs come round two, game one for us," he added. "I just can't wait for it to come around, to be honest."
The Waratahs head into the clash on the back of 32-26 defeat by the Reds in their opening game last weekend - a first loss to their arch-rivals in 12 attempts.
The Reds will be looking to make it two wins from two when they face the Melbourne Rebels in Brisbane on Friday. The Rebels opened their campaign with a 31-23 defeat to the Brumbies, who have a bye this week.