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Graham Rowntree Outlines The Reason He Is Joining Munster

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Incoming Munster coach Graham Rowntree has spoken publicly about how his move to the southern province came to fruition.

The former British and Irish Lions coach will link up with Johann van Graan following the departure of Jerry Flannery as forwards coach at the end of last season.

Ex-Wallaby out-half Stephen Larkham will also be coming on board where he will take over as backs coach from Felix Jones who has since linked up with Rassie Erasmus ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Rowntree will also be involved in the tournament later this month as forwards coach with the Georgian national team.

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Speaking on the Rugby Pod this week, the former England international outlined how he made the decision to join Munster.

“I had a few days over there with the family a couple of weeks ago.

“It came about very quickly in May. Obviously, Jerry (Flannery) and Felix (Jones) decided not to stay. I spoke to Johann (van Graan). I’ve known Johann a long time, I coached against him when he was with South Africa and I was with England.”

Rowntree revealed that when he arrived at Munster, the similarities between the Irish side and his former club Leicester struck a chord with him.

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“Before I knew it, I was over there meeting everyone. It struck me, it just felt like my old club, it felt like Leicester: a big club, proud, big support base. Before I knew it, it was done.

“I can’t wait to get over there. I’ve been over, looked at a house – I’m living near Keith Wood in Killaloe.

“Munster, people forget that they’re in the (Champions Cup) semi-finals every year, but yet they’re still striving, that’s not good enough.

“We see the Irish World Cup squad announcement and there’s 12 guys in there from Munster. It’s a proud day for the province. I’m looking forward to being part of a prestigious club.”

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Author: Michael Corry

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