Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is expected to announce this afternoon that he is moving to Japan to coach the national team, the Brave Blossoms.
Sources in Japan suggest the 46-year-old will announce the move effective from the end of this year's Super Rugby competition.
Speaking to the Otago Daily Times last night, the source said the Japan Rugby Football Union had repeatedly said it was "close to an agreement" with Joseph, and he expected it today.
A former Japan international, Joseph was first linked with the role in December, as the union began searching for a replacement for Eddie Jones, now the head coach of England.
Joseph is in his sixth season with the Highlanders and has previously coached in Japan.
He will hold a press conference at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 1.30pm today.