Munster has confirmed that Graham Rowntree will become their new head coach this summer.
The Reds' current forwards coach is set to succeed Johann van Graan when the South African leaves Thomond Park to join Bath at the end of the season.
Former England prop Rowntree has signed a two-year contract and says it was an "easy decision" to become head coach.
“I am hugely honoured to be taking over the role of Head Coach for a club of this calibre, one that means so much to me and my family," he told Munster's official website.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed every moment here and I, fortunately, get to work with an incredible group of staff and players who share a common goal each day in striving for success for this club.
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“I’ve talked about our fantastic supporters before and again at the weekend we stepped off the bus to a huge red welcome in Exeter. Who doesn’t want to be part of that, that’s special!
“I believe we have the established structures in place with the resources and facilities to match and that it will be a smooth transition for the coaching ticket we assemble in ensuring continued development and success for this club.
“Before then I have a role to complete this season and working closely with Johann, Steve, and JP is the immediate focus and priority for now.”
Munster says they'll now work on putting together Rowntree's backroom team with senior coach Stephen Larkham, and defence coach JP Ferreira, both set to depart the province this summer.
The IRFU's Performance Director, David Nucifora, says Rowntree is the right man to take Munster forward.
“It is important that Munster have someone who understands the unique history and culture of the club and has the experience to maximise the talent in the squad.
“Graham was very impressive throughout this process and demonstrated he has the capabilities to spearhead the next chapter of Munster Rugby.”
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