Japanese scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka will make Super Rugby history by becoming the first Japanese player to play Super Rugby.
Tanaka is set to join the Dunedin-based Highlanders making him the first Japanese player in Super Rugby.
His Japanese club the Panasonic Wild Knights have revealed that the player would be joining the Highlanders in 2013.
"I feel so honoured to be becoming Japan's first Super Rugby player," Tanaka was quoted by Reuters.
"I hope to improve at the higher levels of rugby and bring those skills back to Panasonic.
"I want to play as many games as possible and show the world what Japanese rugby players are capable of."
"I want to believe there's nothing I can't accomplish."