New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade is excited to get stuck in with his new club Pau after moving to the Top 14.
Slade has arrived in France fresh from helping the All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup.
After six years in Super Rugby with the Crusaders and Highlanders, the 21-cap Test fly-half wanted a change of scene and is excited about what lies ahead for the ambitious club.
"I wanted a change and I'm excited by the challenge ahead here, where I intend to give my best," Slade told Rugbyrama.
"The fact that Conrad Smith and Simon Mannix are here helped my decision and will make things easier. Pau are an ambitious club with who I want to build something".
"I feel fresh having not played a lot. I've trained and rebooted the batteries. I'm ready to go again in early December."
Pau head coach Simon Mannix added that Slade's attitude in training so far had been impressive, as the Top 14 newcomers look to climb the table.
"He chose to arrive early to get his bearings and this is important. Colin is one of the best number tens in the world."