The New Zealand Maori and Wellington rugby coach Jamie Joseph has been confirmed as the new head coach of the Highlanders Super Rugby team.
The 40-year-old former All Black and Otago representative will remain with Wellington's provincial squad until he takes up his new position, which is expected to be by the end of August.
Joseph says he's looking forward to the new challenge as the Highlanders are an exciting team with a great mix of experience and plenty of new potential.
Joseph's strong affiliation with the south includes a provincial rugby career for Otago after heading to Otago University in 1989. He played 68 games for the province as a lock and then a loose forward until 1995.
His All Blacks career spanned 30 matches including 20 Tests from 1992 to 1995 including the 1995 Rugby World Cup.