Former All Blacks hooker Corey Flynn has arrived at his new French club, Toulouse, declaring he's "impatient" to get the next phase of his career under way.
A refreshed Flynn also revealed he had had some good advice from a couple of fellow All Blacks to sway his thinking towards Toulouse as he weighed up his future.
"I'm impatient to start now," the 33-year-old said as he arrived in France on Sunday after a 12th campaign with the Crusaders that went all the way to the Super Rugby final against the Waratahs.
"Toulouse is known around the world. They are one of the best teams in France and I'm very proud to be part of this club.
"I've had two weeks off since the Super Rugby final and my body is feeling good. I'm very excited about this new adventure that awaits," Flynn told Rugbyrama.
"The weather is magnificent, which makes a change from New Zealand. I'd spoken to Hosea Gear and Luke McAlister and they were very complimentary about Toulouse. Their views made a big difference when it came to signing here.
"Toulouse is a team with a lot of character. Helping them get back to where they belong with some displays that reach their potential is a nice challenge for me."
Toulouse have gone two seasons without any silverware and were less than impressive in scratching out an opening round win against Oyonnax last weekend.
Flynn would have to work his way past young hookers Cyril Baille and Christopher Tolofua for a place in the front row.
Meanwhile, Cardiff's New Zealand coach Mark Hammett has pulled off a signing coup with his new Welsh club, the Cardiff Blues.
Hammett has persuaded Welsh prop Adam Jones to sign.
Jones' future was up in the air after leaving Ospreys. He had been linked to English and French clubs.
Keeping him in Wales is a boost for national coach Warren Gatland and also a big boost for Cardiff.
"This is about a new challenge for me," Jones said in a statement.
"At this stage in my career I want a new environment and to really push myself.
"I've been really impressed by the setup at Blues and the desire to achieve in the coming years under the leadership of Mark Hammett. It is that ambition and potential for the future that excites me about this move."
Hammett welcomed the signing.
"Adam has joined the Blues determined to achieve something special with us," he said.
"He is as hungry as ever for success and a very driven man. Adam wants to make a difference and that is exactly why we want him here.
''He will be great for the younger players to learn off and is a world class tighthead prop who will add considerably to the squad we are assembling.
"He will improve what we are doing and I'm thrilled he is now a Blue for this season."
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