Glasgow Warriors have signed Canada international Chauncey O'Toole on a short-term contract after the flanker impressed during a brief trial in pre-season.
The 24-year-old, who arrived in Glasgow just in time to catch the Warriors' rousing 22-19 win over Leinster on the opening day of the 2010/11 Magners League, won a deal until the end of October.
After his first training session with the squad, O'Toole said: "I'm really excited to be here. It's a great opportunity for me to get what is my first professional contract with a club like Glasgow."
O'Toole has won six caps for Canada since his Test debut against Ireland in 2009.
He took part in the Churchill Cup over the summer where he was named man-of-the-match in Canada's 48-6 victory over Uruguay and scored a try in the final against England Saxons.
He has also represented Canada 7s on the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.
Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen said of the new recruit: "This really came about through DTH [van der Merwe] who was playing for Canada through the summer.
"He looked at the fact that we didn't have our full contingent of back-row players and he said that this lad had been outstanding in the Churchill Cup and needed game time. So we got him across and I liked what I saw.
"I'm expecting big things from him over the next couple of months."
Chauncey joins two other Canadian internationalists at the Warriors - Kevin Tkachuk and Van der Merwe - bolstering Glasgow's international count to 17 players.