Samoa internationals Maurie Fa'asavalu and Dom Feaunati have switched codes from rugby union to league by signing for Super League side St Helens.
Fa'asavalu (left) is congratulated after scoring a try at the World Cup
Saints beat off competition from a host of English and French union clubs, including Biarritz, to secure two-year contracts with the World Cup stars.
The Pacific Islanders' arrival was hailed as a boost for the 13-man game.
"They are powerful and skilful - and will be tremendous for rugby league," said Saints coach Ian Millward.
Millward saw the pair during a talent-spotting trip to the World Cup in his native Australia.
Fa'asavalu, 23, was his country's top tackler at the tournament and will be used as a prop or second rower.
Feaunati, 25, is a three-quarter, whose cousin Isaac plays for union club Bath.
Feaunati had a spell with Stourbridge during a holiday in England two years ago and has long hoped to play league after watching former St Helens favourites Fereti Tuilagi, Vila Matautia and Apollo Perelini.
"It's a dream to come true," said Feaunati.
"I'm following in the footsteps of Freddie, Vila and Apollo who I watched all the time.
"I had offers from other clubs. But when I was in New Zealand, Saints kept in touch with me all the time, asking me how I was, whereas the others just wanted my signature.
"This is a new family for me."
The newcomers are set to make their St Helens debuts in Sunday's pre-season friendly at Barrow.