The Highlanders Super Rugby team is in search of a new head coach following the announcement that Jamie Joseph will take up a role as Head coach of Japan.
A final decision will be made by the Highlanders Board and New Zealand Rugby before the end of this year's season.
Highlanders CEO Roger Clark says, “We are keen to get this process under way now so we are actively seeking expressions of interest over the next month or so with a view to making an appointment mid-year. We want to cast the net far and wide and now is the ideal time to be in the market as the Japanese season has concluded and the Northern hemisphere season is drawing to a close.”
Joseph will take up his new role at the end of 2016 and will guide the Japanese team through their campaign as host union of the 2019 Investec Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand Rugby General manager Rugby Neil Sorenson says the Highlanders had established a strong professional rugby environment under Jamie Joseph and the new Head Coach would build on the good work already achieved.
“This is an exciting time for the Highlanders - as current champions they have great momentum heading into the next few years and we are excited about what the future holds for them,” Sorenson says.