Sunday 17 December 2017

Jerry Flannery and Brian Walsh to join Foley's team

Jerry Flannery, Ireland, is tackled by Alasdair Dickinson, Scotland. Rugby World Cup Warm-up Game, Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jerry Flannery, Ireland, is tackled by Alasdair Dickinson, Scotland. Rugby World Cup Warm-up Game, Scotland v Ireland, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

MUNSTER will have an entirely indigenous coaching team next season after new head coach Anthony Foley finalised his back-room staff with the addition of Jerry Flannery and Brian Walsh.

The province have been coached by southern hemisphere imports Tony McGahan and Rob Penney since their 2008 Heineken Cup win, but their former No 8 is keeping it local for his time in charge.

The duo will join current skills coach Ian Costello and Mick O'Driscoll, whose appointment was announced last month, as the new coach's support team.

Former Ireland hooker Flannery will be scrum coach as he works alongside technical adviser O'Driscoll and Foley himself.

Flannery was forced to retire in 2012 and has since worked with Arsenal as a strength and conditioning coach, while also doing media work with TG4.

Walsh, a former Munster centre who guided Cork Constitution to two All-Ireland League titles and an All-Ireland Bateman Cup crown during his eight seasons in charge of the club, will be responsible for the backs and Munster's ailing attack. Costello will take charge of the defence and skills.

"We are proud to appoint coaches that have learned their trade within the province. It is a reflection of the level of coaches on offer in Irish rugby," Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said.

"We look forward to seeing this group work together in achieving success for Munster."

Irish Independent

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