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.
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