Brad Mooar has been confirmed as Scarlets next head coach and he will replace Wayne Pivac when he departs at the end of the season.
The 44-year-old is currently assistant coach with New Zealand outfit Crusaders, where he has worked with coach Scott Robertson for the past three seasons and helped them claim the Super Rugby title this year.
Mooar has also enjoyed a spell as head coach at Mitre10 Cup side Southland Stags and was backs coach with South African sides Eastern Province Kings and Southern Kings in the Super 15.
He is now relishing the prospect of moving to the Pro14 to fill the void which will be created when Pivac leaves next summer ahead of him taking over as Wales head coach at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Mooar said: “The opportunity to take on the role of head coach at the Scarlets is simply too good to pass up and is both an exciting challenge for myself, and a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience life on the other side of the world.
“The Scarlets is a rugby brand that’s known the world over, it is a winning club with an extremely proud history, passionate fans, and is aspirational in its goals.
“It is humbling to be offered the opportunity to take the reins after the great work Wayne Pivac has led, as he moves on to the Wales job.”
Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels added: “Brad’s rugby philosophy, leadership style and personality are everything we were looking for in a head coach.
“Brad has a great understanding of what is required for success and how to build a winning culture. “Throughout the process we have been hugely impressed with Brad’s appreciation of Scarlets’ place in the community, his passion for developing players and the research he had done on our heritage.”