Cardiff Blues number eight Andries Pretorius is ready to battle with Toby Faletau for the Wales shirt ahead of the Six Nations.
The South African-born back-row forward qualified to play for his adopted country earlier this season and is one of five new faces named in Rob Howley's squad.
"You know the hard work starts now and you don't want to just make up the numbers," added Pretorius.
"You want to create an environment where there is competition for places and that will be the benefit for the team. Toby is a very good player and I am hoping to learn from him.
"I might be older than Toby but I have a lot to learn from him because he is an international regular. As a rugby player your learning never stops. But I am also trying to bring some of my experience and help him along the way.
"Toby is a very dynamic player and has that ability to create something out of nothing. That is where I am hoping to learn from him and also bring my game management skills to the table.
"I pride myself on my work-rate and being able to read the game."