Former Wales rugby boss Graham Henry is taking control of the Auckland provincial side for the next two years.
Henry, who has been the team's technical advisor for the past two seasons, replaces Wayne Pivac and returns to the position he held from 1992-97.
He has also coached the Blues Super 12 team from 1996-98, Wales from 1999-2002 and the British and Irish Lions on their 2001 tour to Australia.
He took Wales to a record 10 consecutive Test wins but a run of poor results resulted in his resignation in early 2002.
Auckland Rugby chief executive David White said Henry's appointment was an exciting one.
'Graham's coaching talents are amongst the best in the world,' he said. 'To have him once again coaching our NPC team is exciting for the players and everyone who has an interest in Auckland Rugby.
'Graham will now play a key role in the appointment of the assistant coaches, which we hope to have finalised next week.'
Henry said he was looking forward to the challenge of being a head coach again.
'I've thoroughly enjoyed the three campaigns I have been a part of since I came back from Wales,' said Henry.
'The last two NPC seasons and this year's Super 12 have been amongst the most enjoyable I have experienced. Now I am looking forward to this next challenge, which I know will be every much as exciting and rewarding.'
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.