Former Munster man James Coughlan is set to take a role as forwards coach with French club Provence Rugby next season, ending his stint as academy coach with Pau.
Coughlan joined Pau in 2014 as a player before transiting into coaching. The former number eight will join the Pro D2 club amidst a host of changes as manager Jamie Cudmore is set to depart.
The club announced the news in a statement on Monday: "His knowledge of the very high level will be an additional asset for the club in the quest for its objectives."
Speaking to Balls.ie's rugby podcast World in Union last December, Coughlan outlined his goal of one day becoming a head coach. He also gave a fascinating insight into how former coaches influence his current process.
"You try and take the best bits of every coach you have had and also the worse bits. That is important. To know where other coaches you felt didn’t do well by you or didn’t do well by the team. You use that experience as well."