Newcastle Falcons experience tempted Adriaan Fondse
Newcastle lock Adriaan Fondse says the lure of playing in a new league was enough to persuade him to leave Stormers in his native South Africa.
after three years at the Cape Town club.
"I'm a very proud South African, but this is an something new for me," Fondse told BBC Newcastle.
"Not a lot of people have the opportunity to work abroad, experience new cultures and surroundings."
Fondse added: "It's something I've said I'd always like to do, and I'm keen for it."
In addition to Super 15 experience with Bulls and Stormers, the Pretoria-born forward has Under-21 honours for the Springboks.
However with dual Dutch nationality, the Falcons newcomer is eligible to represent the Netherlands and could qualify for England through residency rules if he stays in the country for three years.
"I think it's important to have international aspirations," he said. "Even just to have something to work to as a goal.
"It's a scenario that has to play itself out."
Fondse becomes the fourth member of the South African contingent at Kingston Park alongside Ashley Wells, Greg Goosen and Corne Uys.