Today, Tony Brown, was announced as the Highlanders new attacking coach.

Brown debuted for the Highlanders as a player in 1996 as a 21-year-old and played 90 games for the franchise as a fly-half.

He played 18 times for the All Blacks and also had stints in Japan and South Africa.

He made a comeback for the Highlanders in 2011 when the side was in an injury crisis, playing eight matches.

Brown is currently head coach of ITM Cup side Otago where he has had a successful two seasons, taking the side to finals series in 2012 and 2013 and winning the Ranfurly Shield.

On Tuesday, the Highlanders announced on their Facebook page that a high profile signing was to be announced on Thursday which led to speculation from the fans as to who it could be.

Some fans suggested that the new signing could be Nick Evans, with an experienced fly-half needed for the side. Another potential option could have been Stephen Donald, with the World Cup hero spotted in Dunedin weeks earlier.

With the announcement of Brown, fans reacted with disdain labelling the announcement a letdown. But for Brown, this is a big step in his coaching career.

Brown told reporters: "Getting the players' skill level up to standard that fits the attack that I want to do so for me it's a big challenge but one that I've got a lot of knowledge about and I'm quite excited about."

"It's a pretty good challenge and I'm a Highlander man and an Otago person and the Highlanders are definitely a great fit for me. I'm pretty excited to get involved with them."

Highlanders' head coach, Jamie Joseph said: “On behalf of the Highlanders, I would like to congratulate Tony on his appointment.

"Tony has proven his coaching ability at ITM Cup and Japanese Top-League level, and we’re thrilled he is joining the Highlanders’ coaching team for 2014.

"It’s also pleasing from a franchise-wide point of view that there is a clear coaching pathway from ITM Cup to Super Rugby level”

Tony Brown will continue to coach ITM Cup side Otago.

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