Some say that when Super Rugby players move to France, they are thinking about retirement. That isn't the case for Mark Chisholm.
Bayonne have been unlucky with some signings from the Southern Hemisphere - Joe Rococoko, Sione Lauaki, Neemia Tialata. Chisholm however, who signed in 2011, has proven to be a success.
While some choose their club by salary, others like Chisholm opt for location.
The powerful player is capable of playing both lock and in the back row, an undeniable advantage for coaches Christian Lanta and Christophe Deylaud when having to make selection choices.
With the Pays Basque being regarded as the Mecca for surfers in France, Chisholm turned to Bayonne and is now very settled.
The ex-Brumbies and 58-cap Wallaby, who won a Super Rugby title in 2004, Chisholm has brought an alluring CV to Bayonne.
"Until our first meeting, I honestly didn't know anything about the club," said Chisholm to Midi Olympique.
"They told me it was next to Biarritz and the ocean. For me it was ideal, so I signed."