New Plymouth Albion prop Andrew Tiedemann says he hopes to use his time at Brickfields to force his way into Canada's side at next year's World Cup.
The 25-year-old joined his new team-mates for the first time this week.
"Thirty top-quality games before a World Cup year is very important for my development," he told BBC Sport.
"There's a lot of competition in the front row of the Canadian team and those games are going to help me put my hand up for that number-one spot."
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Tiedemann has won 28 caps for his country and his move from his native Victoria sees him follow a long line of Canadians who have moved across the Atlantic to start their European careers at Albion.
"I think someone gave a Canadian a chance and they proved themselves and did well," explained Tiedemann.
"That's paved the way for the rest of us to come over and have a go with the professional set-up.
"In Victoria we have our Canadian training facility and it's a pretty similar set-up.
"The biggest difference is the players. We don't have a wide pool of players such as you would here.
"We maybe get 10 or 15 top-quality guys that you get to train week in, week out - here you've got 30 or 40 guys to have a good smash up."