Scarlets have confirmed that Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar will succeed Wayne Pivac as their head coach at the end of the season.
Mooar will join Scarlets next season, bringing a strong coaching pedigree to the Welsh side having helped Crusaders win a Super Rugby title in New Zealand last year.
The 44-year-old will replace Wayne Pivac who is leaving his role to take over as Wales head coach at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Mooar has been assistant coach at Crusaders for the past three seasons under Scott Robertson.
“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,” said Mooar.
“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.”
Mooar has big boots to fill at Scarlets, following Pivac’s successful four-year spell at the Welsh club, leading them to a Pro12 title in May 2017.
Scarlets general manager Jon Daniels said: “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.