Ewen McKenzie is returning to Paris to take over from Fabien Galthie as coach of Stade Francais Paris.
Galthie's reign ended at the weekend when the Parisians were beaten by Toulouse in the Top 14 semi-final.
A 1991 Rugby World Cup winner and Australia's most capped prop, McKenzie spent two seasons playing at the Paris University club during his playing career.
Since hanging up his boots he has built an impressive coaching cv that includes acting as assistant coach to the ACT Brumbies for three years, working with the Wallabies at the 1999 World Cup and, since 2004, being coach at the Waratahs.
This year he took the Waratahs to the Super 14 final, where they were beaten by the Crusaders, and next on his agenda will be the French Championship and the Heineken Cup when he takes up his post at Stade.
He will be joined on the coaching staff in Paris by Fabrice Laundreau, who remains at the club, and an Australian assistant.
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