The All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith will step down from his role at the Rugby Championship.
Smith says he plans on taking a break from the game.
New Zealand Rugby will now advertise for a replacement for his position, with the aim of having the new coach join the All Blacks coaching team for this year's Rugby Championship, which kicks off in August.
Smith played 35 matches, including 17 Tests for the All Blacks between 1980 and 1985 before embarking on his coaching career.
His coaching involvement with the All Blacks stretches back to 1998 and is highlighted by back‑to‑back wins at the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015.
The 60-year-old says the time is right to step down from full‑time coaching.
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