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Munster Reveal Stance On More Coaching Additions After Larkham Signing

Munster Reveal Stance On More Coaching Additions After Larkham Signing

It's a summer of change down in Munster as there have been several big switches in the background at Thomond Park.

Felix Jones has left the province after turning down an offer to extend his tenure as backs coach, while last season's forwards coach Jerry Flannery has also decided to walk away after refusing to sign a new deal.

Higher up the ladder, Garrett Fitzgerald stepped down as Chief Executive Officer after 20 years in the role. Fitzgerald oversaw an era in which Munster won two European Cup titles, redeveloped Thomond Park and moved to a single training facility at the High Performance Centre in the University of Limerick.

There have been new arrivals too in Limerick this summer, with former England international Graham Rowntree due to take over as forwards coach once his contract ends with Georgia upon the conclusion of this year's Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile, Munster confirmed on Friday that Australia legend Stephen Larkham would join the province as a senior coach ahead of the new season.

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And acting CEO Philip Quinn discussed the possibility of further additions to Johann van Graan's team in the coming months as he welcomed the arrival of Larkham to Limerick, hinting that Munster's business might be done for the summer.

"Stephen is a very successful coach who had offers from other clubs so we are delighted that he has decided to join Munster," he said in a statement released on Friday.

"We now have a four-man coaching team with head coach Johann van Graan supported by senior coach Stephen, forwards coach Graham Rowntree and defence coach JP Ferreira.

"It has been our intention to recruit one more member for our coaching ticket and we will evaluate our needs prior to progressing with that process."

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Kevin Beirne

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