All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu has recently announced that he will hang up his rugby boots at the end of this year. However, he will become a New Zealand Rugby Ambassador working for the national body for the next two years.
This role will focus on the wider Auckland strategy and community rugby.
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew says he was delighted to announce Keven's appointment as a New Zealand Rugby Ambassador.
"He's hugely respected by not only our organisation, but the wider rugby community. He has huge mana amongst the Auckland communities as well for everything he's achieved and is the perfect person to carry out this role."
Mealamu also said he was excited by the opportunity.
"I've loved my time as a rugby player here in New Zealand and loved being part of all the teams I have represented, particularly the All Blacks. While there's a little bit more I want to achieve this year before I hang up my boots, it's cool to know that I am going to be still involved in rugby in this new role."