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'I'm Getting Used To The Different Dialects. You've Got The Cork Accent'

'I'm Getting Used To The Different Dialects. You've Got The Cork Accent'

Graham Rowntree says that he has settled in well at Munster.

The Englishman joined the province's backroom team after the World Cup following a stint with the Georgian national team. He replaced Jerry Flannery as Munster forwards coach.

"It feels natural," the 48-year-old told BT Sport about his time with Munster.

"It's felt right. It's a proper club, steeped in history with a huge following and a huge expectation.

"Everyone knows who you are. They know me for sure; for my ears as well - it kind of gives things away. I've tried a few disguises but it's not working.

"I'm getting used to the different dialects. You've got the Cork accent and a lot of our lads are from there. They've got the local Limerick accent. I'm alright. Sometimes I have to say 'Slow down, just slow down'.

"They are being very good to me. They love working hard. They love the craic. It feels like I've been here a long time and I'd like to stay a long time, but, we'll see. "

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Munster play Saracens on Saturday evening in the first of their back-to-back Champions Cup games. Along with Rowntree, Munster this season brought Australian Stephen Larkham as attack coach.

"The one thing Steve has got us doing is challenging teams in areas where people don't expect us to," said Rowntree of his new colleague.

"I've enjoyed my early days working with him. We complement each other well. We know what wins games and we know where are certain things that you have to good at every week. You need somebody in your group challenging the way you think about things. He challenges their skillset. When we get it right, we're tough to beat.

"We played Racing the other week; 28,000 for a club game and the atmosphere was awesome. When JJ [Hanrahan] went for the drop kick, you could feel the crowd trying to push the ball over the posts."

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