Saturday 16 December 2017

Galwey gets role in new-look Munster management set-up

MICK GALWEY has joined the Munster management team, in which Anthony Foley and Paul McCarthy will have additional responsibilities this season.

Tony McGahan's team stuttered towards the end of last season, with their scrum, in particular, coming in for heavy criticism.

Foley, the leading appearance-maker and top try-scorer in Munster's history, was a technical advisor to the senior squad last season. This term, he will be an assistant coach with responsibility for defence. He will also continue as head coach of the British & Irish Cup team.

McCarthy, who played in the Munster team that beat Australia in 1992 and was capped five times by Ireland, will be full-time scrum coach, with additional responsibility for identifying and developing front-row talent. He was a part-time advisor last year.

The changes mean three coaches -- Foley, McCarthy and Laurie Fisher -- will have responsibilities relating to the Munster forwards.

Former Munster captain Galwey joins the management team as squad advisor, a part-time position that will see him, among other things, acting as a mentor to senior and development players.

Physiotherapist Colm Coakley, who worked alongside Foley with the Academy and B&I Cup teams, also joins the senior set-up.

On the playing front, Munster have lost up-and-coming flanker Eoghan Grace to new English Premiership team Exeter.

Grace (22) impressed in the AIL for Shannon and was Munster's academy player of the year. He was a member of the Ireland U-20 Grand Slam-winning team in 2007.

Irish Independent

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