Former All Blacks flanker Victor Vito's reputation in the northern hemisphere has seen him named as the new captain of French club side La Rochelle.
Vito, 31, takes the reigns from another ex-All Blacks and Hurricanes teammate - lock Jason Eaton, who retired at the end of last season.
"Victor Vito will be the captain of our team and will be assisted by Pierre Aguillon, Romain Sazy and Zeno Kieft." La Rochelle's acting head coach Grégory Patat told French newspaper Sud Ouest.
Another Kiwi, coach Jono Gibbes, will join La Rochelle's ranks for the coming season, as the club looks to improve on their seventh placed finish in the 2017/18 season.