Former Jed-Forest player Clark Laidlaw has been appointed coach of the New Zealand Sevens side.
It is the first time in the professional era that New Zealand have handed such a post to a foreigner.
Laidlaw is currently the skills coach with London Irish. He will leave that position to take up his new job on 1 June next year.
Laidlaw, son of former Scotland scrum-half Roy and cousin of current national team captain Greig, was a Scotland sevens regular from 2001-07 and was assistant New Zealand sevens coach before moving back to the 15-man game.
“I am massively honoured to be coming back to coach a team I have always considered very special,” said the Borderer. “I’m also excited about coaching a team I’ve previously worked with and played against.
“My goal is to develop a world-class programme that sees players peak at pinnacle events. Everything is going to be geared towards bringing home gold from Tokyo in 2020.”
New Zealand finished a disappointing fifth at the Rio Olympics.
Laidlaw has a tough act to follow in Sir Gordon Tietjens, who coached the All Blacks Sevens for twenty two years.