South African flyer Danie Poolman has his sights set on running out for Ireland by the time he finishes his three-year contract with Connacht.
The versatile 23-year-old who can play either centre or on the wing came through the ranks at Western Province, but has given up on South African rugby in pursuit of what he believes is a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".
Poolman takes some good form with him to Connacht having recently scored a try for Western Province in their Vodacom Cup Final victory over Griquas.
He also had an impressive opening 20 minutes for the Stormers against the Lions last week before being cut down by a hamstring injury, and Connacht boss Eric Elwood said that his experience in the Cape would be invaluable in his new environment.
He explained: "We are delighted to be signing a young exciting prospect such as Danie who has already gained valuable Super Rugby experience.
"He's coming from a club with an excellent reputation for developing young talent and he has starred alongside some quality international players.
"He's a strong ball-carrier with an excellent work-rate, both in attack and defence, and I am really looking forward to working with him," added Elwood.
Poolman admitted that his long-term goal was to play for Ireland, but added that his focus would be on contributing for Connacht next season in the Pro12 and Heineken Cup.
He said: "I am very excited to be joining up with Connacht. I am looking forward to learning from their coaches, players and structures.
"It will be a truly international experience. I think of Ireland as a long-term goal, and I am confident I can add value to the squad for next season's league and Heineken Cup campaign.
"I am grateful and want to thank Western Province for all that I have learned and achieved, but this is really an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... to be able to experience life and rugby in beautiful Ireland," he added.
Poolman's signing is the latest in a series of moves designed to strengthen the Irish team's depth, with Heineken Cup finalists Nathan White and Willie Faloon, as well as former international Dan Parks, also joining their ranks.