Former All Black Greg Cooper has been named as the backs coach of French side Stade Francais.

Cooper had previously said he was interested in the head coaching job at the Highlanders which becomes vacant when Jamie Joseph heads to Japan at the end of Super Rugby.

Cooper coached the Highlanders in 2007 and has spent the bulk of the time since then overseas, coaching in Japan.

Stade Francais currently sit 12th in the Top 14 competition.