Former Harlequins boss Paul Gustard has joined Italian side Benetton Treviso until 2024 as an assistant head coach focusing on defence.
He was linked with joining Wales ahead of the Six Nations as well as jobs at Sale Sharks and one of his former clubs, Leicester Tigers.
“I am thrilled and happy to join Benetton. When my wife Laura and I decided in December that we wanted a new experience and new challenges, we were delighted to have so many opportunities available to us nationally and internationally,” Gustard said.
“We wanted to be part of a group where there was a clear vision, a deep level of trust, and a dynamic environment driven towards high goals.
“When I first spoke to Marco and he explained his plans and vision in detail, I felt inspired by his passion and energy.
“I already feel extremely involved and have a strong alignment with the club management, so I know this is the right opportunity for us.
“They have been nothing short of exceptional in the way they communicated with me and we are very excited to be joining the club.”