Jason Holland will join Chris Boyd's coaching staff as his assistant with the Hurricanes starting next season.
The former Manawatu, Taranaki and Munster centre will replace Clark Laidlaw, who is heading to London Irish at the end of the current campaign.
He has recently spent time in Christchurch working with both the Crusaders adn Canterbury but he's excited about the new challenge with the Canes.
"The Hurricanes players and staff are playing with a similar philosophy to what I’m about," he said.
"The basic things they’re doing are things I like to see happen in a game of footy, so I can’t wait to get in there and contribute.
"As a new coach coming into a set-up, I’m also hoping to go in there and challenge the staff and players in certain areas, and bring some variation here and there. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in."
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said Holland had been targeted as the best man for the job, and would complement the current coaching staff well.
"He’s had significant experience as a professional player and coach in the backs, attacking and skills areas, which perfectly complements the skill set of our existing coaches," said Boyd.
"He’s also coming home to the Hurricanes region, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming Jason and his family to our environment."