Former Wales coach Graham Henry is on his way home to New Zealand.
The man who coached the Lions in Austrlaia last summer will take up a new post as a rugby resource manager with Auckland later this year.
The 55-year-old Henry has signed an 18-month contract with his former employers.
"It was imperative that we create a role for Graham that would utilise his talents," said Auckland chief executive David White.
"To have confirmation he is back on board has delighted everyone. It will be tremendous to have a coach of Graham's expertise and experience available to act as a resource for coaches of all age groups.
"It will be great to have him back and once again part of Auckland rugby."
Henry coached Auckland between 1992 and 1998, winning the Super 12 title with the Blues in 1996 and 1997.
He signed a four year contract with the Welsh Rugby Union in 1998 and coached Wales up until this season's Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship.
Following the defeat in Ireland, he asked the WRU to release him from the final 20 months of his contract.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.