New Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has expressed his delight at his promotion from assistant coach, after a career that's taken him across the globe.
The Taranaki native was today confirmed to take over from current coach Chris Boyd at the end of the season, having worked abroad for the majority of his time as a coach.
Since retiring as a player in 1997, Plumtree has held roles with Swansea, at home in Wellington, with the Sharks in South Africa, even a short stint with Japan - finally ascending to the rank of Hurricanes boss.
Speaking to media today, Plumtree couldn't hide his joy at nabbing the top job at the Wellington side.
"I'm absolutely delighted with my appointment," he said.
"For a long time now I've had the Hurricanes coaching role in my sights - I've had to go around the world a couple of times before it's happened!"
"I feel absolutely priveleged. I love Wellington, the region, the people, the fans, the stakeholders - everyone's been so good to me since I've come back from South Africa and Ireland."