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Report: Munster To Appoint Interim Head Coach As Search For Erasmus Replacement Continues

Report: Munster To Appoint Interim Head Coach As Search For Erasmus Replacement Continues

Two months on from Munster confirming that Rassie Erasmus will depart the province to take up the position of SARU Director of Rugby and word has been quiet on who will replace the South African on a permanent basis.

Erasmus officially leaves Thomond Park at the end of December to return home. The 44-year-old joined Munster just last summer on a three-year deal, helping them through a turbulent season which saw the tragic passing of head coach Anthony Foley. Munster also progressed to the semi-finals of both the Pro12 and Champions Cup.

Today's Limerick Leader does have news on short term plans to replace Erasmus. Donn O'Sullivan reports that Munster and the IRFU are expected to name Felix Jones as interim head coach of the province. Jones would assume the role when Erasmus departs. A new Director of Rugby and also head coach should be in place by next summer.

Earlier this summer, Jones signed a two-year extension to his contract with Munster. He was also promoted from skills coach to backline and attack coach.

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A former Munster player, the 30-year-old was forced into early retirement two years ago due to a neck injury. He took up a technical coaching role with Munster at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.

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