Connacht's latest and final signing of the new season, Samoan international utility back James So'oialo, has joined up with his new side this week.
So'oialo touched down in Ireland on Monday, and was keen to meet his new team-mates and coaches at the Sportsground.
"It's my first time in Ireland and I think it's pretty cool," he said, speaking to Connacht's website.
"When I stepped off the plane on Monday, it was blue skies and hot so that was a surprise, from what I'd been told about over here.
"I met all the boys on Monday and I was keen to get right into training but I had a long trip over so had to rest up a bit. I'm back into it today though which is great.
"I had been keeping up with Connacht's progress online from New Zealand so it's great to finally be here, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in right away."
The 24-year-old has played seven times for his country, primarily in the full-back position, including fixtures at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
He hopes to be involved in his country's Northern Hemisphere tour this November, which sees them first take on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
"I'll hopefully be involved in the November tour with Samoa. It would be fantastic to play in the Aviva, and to meet up with all the boys again," he said.
Connacht coach Pat Lam has worked with So'oialo before back in his home country, and is delighted with his latest acquisition.
"It's fantastic to finally have James here after some delays in getting his permit," said Lam.
"He wanted to train first thing on Monday but we only allowed him to do some weights after his long flight. He's in good nick and we expect him to be available for selection next week.
"James is a superb utility back who can play all positions but scrum-half and he can kick goals from up to sixty metres out.
"He brings his international experience from playing with Samoa and he has a massive utility factor. With a long season and demands on our squad, it's huge for us to have someone who can go right through that backline."