The former Otago and Highlanders player, head coach, and assistant coach to Jamie Joseph during the successful 2015 campaign, has been in charge of the Sunwolves this year and is still with Joseph coaching the Japanese national team in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.
Brown has a reputation as one of the sharpest rugby minds in the game and has been the architect of many new and effective attacking plays in recent years. Known as a staunchly parochial southern man he is looking forward to another term with the Highlanders.
“As most people would know the Highlanders are very special team to me and the opportunity to be involved again is too good to turn down,” said Brown.
“They are a great team to coach, they play positive footy and next year they have some exciting new talent coming through that I believe I can help develop to the next level.”
Highlanders CEO Roger Clark is enthusiastic about the appointment.
“Tony is an exceptional coach and to have his talents available to us again is exciting,” he said.
“It would be fair to say that next year we will be embarking on a new era without some of our better-known players from recent times. Brownie will fit in well with our current coaching group and will no doubt get the best out of the new talent the coaching group will have at their disposal next season.”