Canterbury Rugby Union have announced the appointment of Glenn Delaney as their new head coach for the 2017 season.
Delaney replaces Scott Robertson who, following a successful 2016 Mitre 10 Cup campaign, now takes the helm as head coach of the Crusaders.
A born and bred Cantabrian, Delaney joins Canterbury Rugby from London Irish where he has most recently been head of rugby operations following on from being head coach.
Prior to this he was director of rugby at Nottingham RFC where he helped take the organisation from a part time rugby club through to a fully operating professional rugby program.
During his career in the United Kingdom he has been invited to coach the world famous Barbarians on two occasions. Delaney started his playing career at Linwood Rugby Club before heading overseas in 1993 to play in Japan, UK and France.
Chief executive of Canterbury Rugby Hamish Riach says Delaney has the credentials and vision to be an outstanding Canterbury coach.
"Glenn comes to the role with an incredible breadth of coaching and rugby experience," he told Canterbury's official website.
"He is not only an exceptional coach but is also highly experienced in rugby operations, succession planning and management.
"The vast breadth of experience that Glenn brings to role is something that the team and the organisation can really benefit from and we are thrilled that Glenn’s positive influence and experience will shape the 2017 Canterbury side.
"We had some exceptional candidates apply for the role which is a great reflection on the strength of Provincial Rugby in New Zealand and it is great to see such a highly contended role."
Delaney is honured to take on the Canterbury head coach role.
"This is a team that I grew up with and I am excited to be returning home to be a part of such a successful organisation," he said.
"It is a real privilege to be coming in as the head coach of the current Mitre 10 Cup and Ranfurly Shield holders.
"The team is the standard bearer for NZ provincial rugby and I know I will have my work cut out for me in the years ahead, but I am excited by the opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge."
Delaney will join Canterbury Rugby on a three-year term from 1 December.