According to reports in Australia and France, former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has been shortlisted as the possible replacement for outgoing Clermont coach Vern Cotter.
Cotter, who worked as assistant coach to Deans at the Crusaders between 2004 and 2006, will leave the 2010 Top 14 champions and 2011 Heineken Cup runners-up to coach Scotland at the end of the next French season.
Deans has not commented on his future plans since resigning from his contract with the Australian Rugby Union six months early after losing the series against the British and Irish Lions.
But Deans seems an ideal candidate to take over from his fellow Kiwi. Clermont play the game with an attack-mined philosophy similar to the Crusaders and both he and his wife, Penny, are fluent French speakers.
Nor is the 53-year-old a stranger to France having played full-back for nearby Grenoble for a season after the All Blacks' tour of Europe in 1983.