Former Counties Manukau Steelers scrum half Kevin Farrell has signed for Neath.
Farrell has been travelling Europe and touched base with his old friend, Neath flanker John Bowd.
After a suggestion from Bowd to go along to a Welsh All Blacks training session to experience life at the Gnoll, the 27-year-old impressed with his playing skills.
The coaching team at Neath Rugby managed to persuade the scrum half to stay in Wales and be part of the Neath set-up during the 2008/09 season.
Farrell is set to play his first game for Neath live on S4C tomorrow when the All Blacks take on Newport.
Head Coach Patrick Horgan commented: "Kevin is an experienced player who really impressed us when he attended a training session with Bowdy a few weeks ago. This is a great opportunity for him to sample life in another country while doing what he loves, which is of course playing rugby."
Farrell commented: "When I came to the UK my intentions were to simply travel, but old pal John Bowd seemed to have other ideas and persuaded me to come to the Gnoll for a session. As a New Zealander it's always been my dream to be an All Black, so to be playing for the Welsh All Blacks come Saturday is the next best thing."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.