Francois Louw admits he was taking a risk when he moved to Bath but feels he has grown as a player in England.
The Springbok back rower is expected to be part of Heyneke Meyer's squad for the Rugby Championship and the World Cup after another successful season in the Premiership.
And while New Zealand and Australia are stricter on their selection of overseas players, Louw believes he has gained a lot from playing abroad.
"When I first signed for Bath, I knew it would be more challenging making the Springbok squad. But it was a move I needed to make at that stage of my career as I needed a fresh challenge, on and off the field," Louw told MyPlayers.co.za.
"So when Heyneke Meyer gave me my opportunity in 2012, I was delighted and made the most of it. I’m glad that I’ve been able to play an extended role for South Africa over the years, and I want to continue giving my best to the team.
"I’d love the opportunity to make coach Heyneke Meyer’s squad. Every South African player will be hoping to make the cut. We will have to see what happens later this week.
"But it’s definitely an exciting year ahead with the Rugby Championship set to be full of action, and shortly thereafter, the World Cup kicks off. It’s every player’s dream to be part of the global tournament as you get to prove yourself on the biggest stage of world rugby.
"I can still remember the excitement during the preparations for the 2011 World Cup preparations, and the team’s journey in New Zealand. It was an amazing experience."