Joseph says he is looking forward to the challenge of taking forward a young group.
The Highlanders have announced that coach Jamie Joseph has re-signed for the Super Rugby club for two-years.
The former All-Black joined the Otago-based club in 2010 as coach after his access with the Wellington Lions and Maori All Blacks.
New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen said: “We’re delighted to have Jamie staying with the Highlanders and New Zealand Rugby for another two years. Jamie is a hugely popular figure in the Highlanders region and we know he loves giving back to that community.
“Jamie can be proud of the work he has already achieved with the Highlanders, and we are excited to see what he will bring to Investec Super Rugby in 2015 and 2016,” he said.
Joseph himself said he was excited to stay on at The Highlanders and was looking forward to the challenge of improving on its current fifth place on the Super Rugby ladder over the next two years.
“We’ve got an exciting young group of guys playing for us this year and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future as head coach to see what we can achieve as a team. I’ve got a great coaching team around me and we’ve worked hard this year to create the right environment and keen to keep this going into the next few seasons.
“I understand the responsibility that goes with being a head coach and I am looking forward to that challenge in the next two years. I also understand what rugby means to the people and communities in the south and I feel privileged to be the coach of a team that is showing some real promise and future – being a part of that is exciting.”
The Highlanders currently sit in fifth on the Super Rugby ladder and face the Chiefs on the June 27 at Forsyth Barr Stadium.