The former All Blacks first five Simon Culhane's been appointed assistant coach of the Highlanders Super rugby franchise.
Culhane joins fellow former All Black Jamie Joseph, who was recently named as the side's new coach.
Culhane, takes up his position with the Highlanders immediately but will continue to co-coach Southland Stags with David Henderson in the national provincial competition through this year and next.
Meanwhile the Northland coach Bryce Woodward has been appointed Pat Lam's assistant coach at the Blues.
He replaces former All Black Shane Howarth who's contract wasn't renewed.