Jamie Joseph appointed head coach of Highlanders ahead of 2025 season

Jamie Joseph coached Japan between 2016 and 2023
Jamie Joseph coached Japan between 2016 and 2023
©Steve Haag

Highlanders have announced the appointment of Jamie Joseph as they new head coach ahead of the 2025 season.

This will be the second stint for Joseph with the Super Rugby club after previously being in charge of them between 2010 and 2016. He was recently involved with Japan after being their head coach between 2016 and 2023 during which also he worked with Sunwolves.

He started his coaching career with Wellington and also worked with Maori All Blacks before joining Highlanders. During his playing career, he had represented both the All Blacks and Japan in 29 Tests combined.

"I'm delighted to be back coaching and leading the Highlanders again," Joseph said in a statement.

"I am keen to get stuck in with Clarke and the rest of my coaching team next season. My goal is to take this team as far as it can go and to build a record of success that we can all be proud of."

Highlanders failed to reach the play-off last season as they finished sixth with six wins from 14 matches. Clarke Dermody, who was the head coach last season will now be assistant to George.

Highlanders Chairman Peter Kean believes the appointment of Joseph will benefit the club.

"We believe these changes will take advantage of the unique skill sets that both Jamie and Clarke possess," Kean said.

"Jamie has a proven track record as a coach at international level and that experience and knowledge will be hugely beneficial to the Highlanders."