Former All Black fly-half and assistant coach at the Lions and Sharks, Carlos Spencer, has joined EP Kings on a five-year deal.
Eastern Province Rugby CEO Charl Crous confirmed in the South African media that Spencer will head to Port Elizabeth where he will coach the backline and focus on developing players' skills.
38-year-old Spencer, who won 35 caps for New Zealand, cut his teeth as a coach at the Golden Lions after retiring as a player and spent some time with Sharks during 2013.
Meanwhile, Kings rugby boss Cheeky Watson says he is confident that the EP side will play in the Currie Cup premier division next year despite two previous South Africa Rugby Union meetings being unable to reach agreement on whether the Kings should be elevated into an enlarged eight-team Premier League.
A new proposal could see the Kings will gain automatic promotion, but forfeit their right to play a Super Rugby promotion match against the team finishing bottom of the SA conference next season.
''This meeting will take place in January and we are extremely confident that the vote will go through just as we were with Super Rugby and the Sevens coming to Nelson Mandela Bay," Watson told the Business Day.
"The latest proposal was put forward after South Africa Rugby had a special meeting in Cape Town. It could not be discussed because of protocol and had to be delayed until January."