The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is set to have his contract extended beyond next year's Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand Rugby have called a media conference for 3pm this afternoon with Hansen, chief executive Steve Tew and chair Brent Impey all attending for a what a media release says is a "special announcement."
Tew recently endorsed Hansen to continue in the job beyond the World Cup following the side's unbeaten end of year tour.
Under Hansen this year the All Blacks retained their number one world ranking for the fifth consecutive year.
They equalled the record of 17 consecutive victories by a major nation, secured a clean sweep in the June Series against England, retained the Bledisloe Cup for a 12th year in a row, won a third successive Rugby Championship title and returned home undefeated from the recent Northern Tour with wins over USA, England, Scotland and Wales.
Their success was also recognised by their international peers last month when they were named World Rugby (formerly IRB) Team of the Year and Hansen won the Coach of the Year award.