Graham Rowntree is set to be named Munster’s new head coach.
Owntree is on the verge of being promoted from his current role as Munster forward coach as the former England international replaces the outgoing Johann van Graan, who is set to join Premiership contenders Bath this summer.
Although Rowntree has long been expected to take over as Munster chief, the situation is understood to have picked up steam and is about to be announced by the province.
If the move is confirmed, it would mean Rowntree becoming head coach for the first time in his career, followed by Van Graan, who had also never been the captain prior to his Munster job.
Rowntree has worked with the Munster forwards since 2019, having worked for England, Georgia, the Lions, Leicester and Harlequins.
The 50-year-old is a well-respected figure in football and popular in the Munster squad and as such he was seen as well suited to take over at Van Graan.
It remains to be seen whether Munster will opt to reshuffle their coaching setup by bringing in an experienced rugby director, but one thing is certain they are on the lookout for at least one attacking and defending specialist.
Stephen Larkham will follow Van Graan through the exit door on his return to the Brumbies in his native Australia, while defense coach JP Ferreira will continue working under fellow South African Van Graan at Bath next season.
Former Ireland U-20 national team head coach and Leinster Academy manager Noel McNamara has been linked with Munster, as has Kiwi Milton Haig, who has worked with Rowntree in Georgia.
Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara have long since retired from the competition, while Mike Prendergast is signed to Racing 92.
As with all provincial coach appointments, the IRFU, and in particular the Union’s Performance Manager, David Nucifora, is heavily involved in the recruitment process.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/munster-rugby/munster-set-to-appoint-graham-rowntree-as-new-head-coach-41542925.html Munster want to appoint Graham Rowntree as new head coach