Larkham to join Munster as sen...


Larkham to join Munster as senior coach

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

11:25 14 Jun 2019

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Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has signed a three-year contract with Munster.

Larkham has penned a deal with the province until June 2022, subject to obtaining a work permit.

The 45-year-old was Australia's attack coach for four years and joins Graham Rowntree on Johann van Graan's coaching staff ahead of the next season.

The appointments of Larkham and Rowntree follow the departure of Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones.

Larkham, who won 102 caps for the Wallabies, started his coaching career at the Brumbies in 2011 and was promoted to the head coach role at the Super Rugby side within three years.

His success at the Brumbies led to Larkham’s appointment as Wallabies attack coach on a part-time basis in 2015, a role he combined with his duties at the Brumbies.

He held his role as Australia reached the Rugby World Cup final in 2015 and departed the Brumbies in 2017 to work full-time for Rugby Australia.

Larkham told Munster Rugby: "I am very excited and honoured to be joining Munster Rugby.

"A big part of my decision lies in the values of the club and the importance they place on community. I have come from a very similar environment and know how effective and enjoyable that can be.

"I have had a number of conversations with Johann and I’m very excited to be working with him, as our views on rugby are very similar.

"I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with not only the other coaches in Graham and JP but also the very talented group of players that Munster have."

Munster Rugby Acting CEO Philip Quinn said: "We are very pleased to add Stephen to our coaching team and look forward to welcoming him to the province in August.

"Stephen’s values are very closely aligned with those of Munster and huge credit must go to the Professional Game Board and Johann for their work in bringing him to the province.

"Stephen is a very successful coach who had offers from other clubs so we are delighted that he has decided to join Munster.

"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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