Rowntree confirmed as new Munster head coach

Munster have confirmed that Graham Rowntree will be their new head coach.

The former England international has been the province’s forwards coach since 2019, and signed a two-year contract extension in January.

Rowntree will replace Johann van Graan, who leaves to join Bath at the end of the season.

Speaking on the announcement, Rowntree said “I have made my thoughts about this club widely known throughout my time so far, and for me and my family it really has been an easy decision, a non-decision if truth be told.“We’ve put down roots here and have no desire to move anywhere else.

“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.“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.“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.”

The province say they are working to advance with next steps in securing the backroom team that will work with Graham from next season as Head Coach Johann van Graan, Senior Coach Stephen Larkham, and Defence Coach JP Ferreira depart the province at the end of June.


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