Graham Rowntree: Munster forwards coach signs new two-year contract through to 2024 | Rugby Union News

Graham Rowntree will remain in his position as Munster forward manager until 2024, after signing a new two-year contract; Current Munster head coach Johann van Graan (Bath) and senior manager Stephen Larkham (Brumbies) will both leave at the end of this season

Last updated: 04/01/22 11:39


Graham Rowntree has signed a two-year contract extension to stay as forward manager of the Irish province of Munster

Munster forward coach Graham Rowntree has signed a two-year contract extension until 2024, as confirmed by the Irish province on Tuesday.

Rowntree, former coach of England, British and Irish Lions, Leicester Tigers and Harlequins, is currently part of a Munster coaching team that will be disbanded at the end of the season as manager Johann van Graan will leave for Bath and senior manager Stephen Larkham returns to Australia with the Brumbies.

Defense manager JP Ferreira followed Van Graan to Munster’s lineup in 2017, and is also on his contract expiring at the end of the season, with his future not yet officially revealed.

“I am delighted to dedicate my future to Munster Rugby,” said Rowntree.

Rowntree worked as a forward coach for the British and Irish Lions in 2013 and 2017

Rowntree worked as a forward coach for the British and Irish Lions in 2013 and 2017

“So far I have made my thoughts on this club widely known and for me and my family it has been a really easy decision, a decision not made to tell the truth. We have taken root here and we do not want to move elsewhere.

“I know there will be changes in the technical staff at the end of this season, but from where I am, I know we have everything in place for continued development and success.

Current Munster head coach Johann van Graan will leave for Bath at the end of the season

Current Munster head coach Johann van Graan will leave for Bath at the end of the season

“This is a club with established structures, facilities, staff, players, fans and resources that any club or manager would be envious of and I am very excited to be able to do my part for years to come.”

Rowntree, 50, joined Munster in October 2019 after coaching with Georgia at the last Rugby World Cup in Japan.

In his two seasons with Munster to date, the former England prop 54 times has been part of the Munster squad who suffered defeats in the semi-final and final in PRO14, and was knocked out of the European Cup by future winners of Toulouse. last season in the round of 16.

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