ROB Penney, the former Canterbury boss, was today confirmed as Munster's new head coach.
He is expected to take up his post in July for the start of a two-year contract.
This is subject to obtaining him valid work permit.
Last season 48 year old Penney took the New Zealand side to their fourth straight ITM Cup national title.
Penney also has Super Rugby coaching experience with the Crusaders. He was assistant coach there when they won the Super 12 title in 2005.
Before arriving in Munster, Penney will coach the defending world champion New Zealand under-20 side at next month’s Junior World Championship in South Africa.
Anthony Foley, who was himself tipped for the job, will continue on as forwards coach.
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said today: "We conducted a thorough search to find a replacement for Tony McGahan and were delighted with the calibre of the candidates.
“Rob Penney's record speaks for itself and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster.”