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Munster Confirm Graham Rowntree As New Head Coach

Munster Confirm Graham Rowntree As New Head Coach
By PJ Browne

Munster have confirmed that Graham Rowntree will take over as head coach of the province this summer.

The 50-year-old former England international prop - who became Munster forwards coach following the 2019 World Cup - had been the strong favourite to take over from Johann van Graan. He has signed a two-year deal.

Munster say that they are working with the IRFU to secure Rowntree's backroom team for next season. Defence coach JP Ferreira will be joining Van Graan at Bath, while attack coach Stephen Larkham is also departing.

"I am hugely honoured to be taking over the role of Head Coach for a club of this calibre, one that means so much to me and my family," said Rowntree.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed every moment here and I fortunately get to work with an incredible group of staff and players who share a common goal each day in striving for success for this club.

"I’ve talked about our fantastic supporters before and again at the weekend we stepped off the bus to a huge red welcome in Exeter. Who doesn’t want to be part of that, that’s special!

"I believe we have the established structures in place with the resources and facilities to match and that it will be a smooth transition for the coaching ticket we assemble in ensuring continued development and success for this club.

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"Before then I have a role to complete this season and working closely with Johann, Steve, and JP is the immediate focus and priority for now."

IRFU performance director David Nucifora added: "I would like to thank the Munster Professional Game Committee for their work and diligence during this process.

"It is important that Munster have someone who understands the unique history and culture of the club and has the experience to maximise the talent in the squad.

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"Graham was very impressive throughout this process and demonstrated he has the capabilities to spearhead the next chapter of Munster Rugby."

Featured image: 5 April 2022; Forwards coach Graham Rowntree during Munster rugby squad training at University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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