Australian Rugby Union high performance scrum coach Patricio Noriega has annaounced he will be leaving to take up a coaching position with French club Racing Metro.
The former Wallaby and Argentina international who played 49 Tests - 25 for Argentina and 24 for Australia - will link up with former France and Italy coach Pierre Berbizier, who is Racing's director of coaching.
"I've learnt a lot working with one of the best coaches in the world in Robbie Deans," said Noriega of the Wallabies' coach.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to put everything that I have learned off him into practice."
Deans said Noriega should be proud of his achievements.
"I don't think I've met a person more passionate about scrums. I have no doubt he will be a success in this next chapter of his life," he said.
Noriega moved to Australia in 1996 after five years representing his homeland Argentina, and went on to play for the Wallabies before retiring in 2003.
He then coached in Argentina before returning to take on the scrum coaching role with Australia in 2009.