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Munster recruit Stephen Larkham as their senior coach

ANOTHER new face will grace the Munster training ground when the club begins new season preparations with the announcement today that Stephen Larkham will join the province as Senior Coach. His contract will run up to 2022, which is subject to getting a work permit. He has spent the last four years working for Rugby Australia.
According to the Munster acting CEO Phillip Quinn, “Stephen’s values are very closely aligned with those of Munster and huge credit must go to the Professional Game Board and Johann for their work in bringing him to the province. We now have a four-man coaching team with head coach Johann van Graan supported by senior coach Stephen, forwards coach Graham Rowntree and defence coach JP Ferreira.
“It has been our intention to recruit one more member for our coaching ticket and we will evaluate our needs prior to progressing with that process.”
According to Larkham, he is excited and honoured to be joining Munster Rugby: “A big part of my decision lies in the values of the club and the importance they place on community. I have come from a very similar environment and know how effective and enjoyable that can be.
“I have had a number of conversations with Johann and I’m very excited to be working with him, as our views on rugby are very similar. I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with not only the other coaches in Graham and JP but also the very talented group of players that Munster have.”
Larkham’s coaching career began at the Brumbies in 2011 with the former Australia international elevated to the head coach role at the Super Rugby side within three years. He was appointed to the position of Wallabies attack coach on a part-time basis in 2015, a role he combined with his Head Coach duties at the Brumbies and he held this role as Australia reached the Rugby World Cup final in 2015. He departed the Brumbies in 2017 to work full-time for Rugby Australia.

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