Former Australia head coach Dave Rennie will take up the same role at Kobe Steelers from the new season, the Japan Rugby League One first-division club said Friday.

The 59-year-old will also serve as director of rugby at the Kobe-based club, who finished the 2022-23 season ninth out of 12 teams under Nicholas Holten.

"I have always wanted to coach in Japan, having coached in NZ, Europe and internationally with the Wallabies," Rennie said in a statement.

Dave Rennie, then head coach of Australia, reacts prior to the Autumn International match between Wales and Australia at Principality Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. (Getty/Kyodo)

"Kobe is a great place to live and a great club, whom I've had a strong relationship with since my time at the Chiefs and I'm rapt to reconnect with them."

He will be joined by defense coach Wesley Clarke and athletic performance coach Phil Healey in the new setup.

Earlier Friday, Kobe's former Director of Rugby Wayne Smith was confirmed as the new performance coach of New Zealand's two national teams, the All Blacks and the Black Ferns.

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