Sunday 25 August 2019

Munster have 'more work to do on coaching front' as province eye Larkham after securing Rowntree

Munster's new forwards coach Graham Rowntree. Photo: PA
Munster's new forwards coach Graham Rowntree. Photo: PA
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Munster's new forwards coach Graham Rowntree is relishing the fresh challenge that lies ahead as the province's new-look coaching team begins to take shape.

The former England international has signed a three-year contract with Munster and will replace Jerry Flannery when he finishes his commitments with Georgia at the World Cup later this year.

The 48-year-old will bring a wealth of experience to the club, who are actively seeking to hire a new backs and attack coach.

As reported by the Irish Independent last month, Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham has already held talks with Munster and is still very much in the running for the role.

While Rob Howley has also spoken with the province, Munster are set to continue their pursuit of Larkham, who has other offers on the table and is very much in demand.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan recently suggested that he could bring in three new coaches to his backroom team and the Munster boss will hope to soon add to Rowntree's appointment.

"We understand there is more work to be done on the coaching front, and we will continue in our search for experienced coaches to join Johann and the province," said Munster's acting CEO Philip Quinn.

Rowntree played 54 times for England as well as 398 games for Leicester Tigers and three for the Lions.

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The former prop has spent the last year working as Georgia's forwards coach following stints with England, Leicester and Harlequins, as well as being involved in the last three Lions tours.

"I'm delighted to be joining such a prestigious club," Rowntree said.

"Although fully committed to Georgia until the end of the World Cup, I'm really looking forward to working with Johann and his team."

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