The accent may be more Buckinghamshire than Bridgend, with a touch of Bath mixed in, but Chris Horsman is beginning to sound like a Welshman.
After undergoing a three-year residency qualification period, the Worcester Warriors prop will find out today whether he will make his international debut for the Principality this weekend. Despite his shortcomings with the Welsh language he is saying all the right things.
Horsman, who qualified for Wales only last month, is so highly-rated by Wales coach Mike Ruddock that a Test call- up beckons, either against New Zealand on Saturday or Fiji next week.
The 27-year-old said: "To play rugby for Wales is like playing football for Brazil.
"It's just the highest honour, and once you have played over in Wales and been involved in Welsh rugby, you can't help but want to aim for that goal," he added, alluding to his previous employment with the Celtic Warriors where he moved after growing up at The Rec.
The district's collapse, two years ago, left Horsman out of a job. He joined Worcester but has continued to live in Porthcawl.
"You play rugby to have these chances, and if I am lucky enough to be involved on Saturday, then that is what you want," the former Sixways tighthead said.
"Wales v New Zealand, it just doesn't get any bigger than that. I have worked hard for the last three years to get myself into this position."
Horsman represented England up to Under 21 level but, despite overtures from head coach Andy Robinson, the call-up never came. He said: "It wasn't so much that I gave up any ambitions to play for England but I came over to Wales and started to enjoy my rugby again."