Sport Rugby

Sunday 17 December 2017

Boxes to be ticked

Backs coach

The priority. Munster confirmed yesterday that Jason Holland's contract will not be renewed and that they are looking for a replacement in consultation with Rob Penney. They have not advertised for the position as of yet, but hope to have it filled by the end of the month.

After being overlooked for the head coach role, it would seem unlikely than Tana Umaga would get the back-up role, but Munster CEO Garret Fitzgerald said he was an impressive individual who could "possibly" be considered, although the former All Blacks captain has not applied.


Shaun Payne (left) is moving on to pursue interests outside rugby and, as with the backs coach position, Munster hope to announce his replacement by the end of May. Former Munster and Ireland forwards coach Niall O'Donovan is favourite for the position.

Special project player

Munster are allowed four non-Irish qualified (NIQs) players and one special project (a potential future Ireland player under the three-year residency rule). With the four NIQs already secured (Wian du Preez, BJ Botha, Casey Lualua and Doug Howlett), Munster remain on the look-out for a special project signing, but gave no indication yesterday as to which "area of the field."

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