Sindo rugby hack Brendan Fanning, who was first in with the Brad Thorn story, has blogged today that former All-Black Tana Umaga - yes that former Tana Umaga - is the favourite to be the next Munster manager.
Fanning describes the relevance of hiring of Umaga as:
Umaga would have immediate gravitas with the players simply for what he achieved on the rugby field. And there is a history here of hiring coaches with limited track records. When Michael Cheika came to Leinster nobody had ever heard of him, and when Joe Schmidt succeeded him it was with no experience as head coach.
Umaga's appointment would also be incredibly provocative, I think, and bring a lot of bite back to the Leinster-Munster rivalry. Has anyone in Ireland really forgiven him this: