The Crusaders have confirmed Scott Hansen as their new assistant coach for the next two Super Rugby seasons.
Hansen will join the champions from Japan's Sunwolves - where he's spent the last two years - as the replacement for Brad Mooar, who's signed on with Welsh side Scarlets.
He's also worked alongside Aaron Mauger at England's Leicester Tigers and will be an assistant for Japan under Jamie Joseph for their Rugby World Cup campaign.
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has previously worked in tandem with Hansen with the Canterbury provincial side and believes he'll be an asset to their cause.
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"He’s an incredibly hard worker," said Robertson. "And we have a great connection having coached together previously, so I value his input immensely."
Afters some years abroad, Hansen believes he's gained the kind of experience that will prove invaluable to his contribution in Christchurch.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to return home and reconnect with Razor and Jason [Ryan] at the Crusaders, after a number of years in rugby environments abroad," Hansen said.
“The Crusaders organisation is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence, with loyal supporters from within the region and around the world. I’m looking forward to working with staff, management, and players in the coming seasons and contributing to the proud legacy of Crusaders rugby.
“With a number of fantastic coaches and many world class players leaving to take on new opportunities and experiences, this is a really exciting time to be joining the club."