Munster have moved to appoint former England and British & Irish Lions prop Graham Rowntree as their new forwards coach. The 48-year-old is currently working in a similar role with the Georgia national team which means he will not take up his new role at Thomond Park until after the World Cup in Japan this autumn.
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Rowntree, who has also spent eight years as England’s forwards and scrum coach, has been drafted in to replace the outgoing Jerry Flannery. And Rowntree is relishing the prospect of trying to help the province improve on this past season’s run to the semi-finals of both the Pro14 and European Champions Cup.
“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 [head coach] Johann [Van Graan] and his team.”