Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie has been approached in relation to the upcoming vacancy of All Blacks coach.
The New Zealander and two-time Super Rugby-winning coach has reportedly been Rugby Australia's frontrunner to take over the Wallabies from Michael Cheika, but now New Zealand has made a counter move.
Steve Hansen will leave his role as All Blacks head coach after the World Cup third-place play-off.
When asked if he had been approached by New Zealand, Rennie told STV: "Yeah, they have probably made contact with a number of Kiwis who are coaching over this way about interest for the role.
"I know they are going to have a process where they interview then make an appointment in the new year."
The 55-year-old added that it was obviously flattering and humbling because the All Blacks have always been such a great side.
"I guess I haven't had a lot of time to dwell on that because I'm totally focused on what I'm doing here," he said.
Rennie has previously stated he will see out his Glasgow Warriors contract, which expires in June 2020.
Earlier this week departing New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew said a four member panel would interview candidates and it was hoped a replacement would be named by Christmas.
Rennie, All Blacks assistant Ian Foster, Japan coach Jamie Joseph, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and Crusaders coach Scott Robertson are among others being talked about as possible successors to Hansen.
-AAP / RNZ