New Crusaders halfback Jeremy Su'a is hoping the step-up to Super Rugby will keep him firmly in the frame for Manu Samoa's tour to South Africa.
The 24 year old was recruited by Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder after impressing for Tasman during last year's New Zealand provincial championship.
With Samoa skipping this year's Pacific Nations Cup tournament to compete in a quadrangular series in South Africa, Su'a says he's keen to add to his eight international caps.
Su'a will have to compete with Kahn Fotuali'i for time at halfback but says the increased competition within the test team is a good thing.
"And it's those guys that are included in the team that have made the difference. You can see we've picked up a few scalps such as Wales in the tour last year. We're heading in the right track and if we can just keep that up, and the more we win, hopefully we attract a bit more interest so at the moment everything's looking good."
The Crusaders have a bye next weekend and begin their campaign proper against the Blues in a fortnight.