Former Australian out-half, Stephen Larkham looks set to become Munster’s new backs and attack coach.
According to Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent, the former Wallabies player was in Limerick yesterday to finalise terms with the southern province and officially take over the role from Felix Jones.
The 45-year-old was let go from Michael Cheika’s senior coaching staff earlier this year before taking on the role of national high-performance coach advisor.
Stephen Larkham is set to become Munster’s new backs and attack coach.
Larkham was in Limerick yesterday to finalise the details. https://t.co/LMWnEnqwI0
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) June 7, 2019
However, Larkham is believed to be bringing an end to his time in Australia and recently visited Limerick ahead of a proposed move to Munster. It is believed that IRFU director, David Nucifora, could have played a key role in pushing Larkham’s proposed appointment through as the pair worked together at the Brumbies where Larkham has spent most of his career.
The 102 capped Wallabies international is also believed to be close friends with Connacht head coach, Andy Friend, through his connection with the Brumbies.
If the deal goes through it will cap off a great week for Munster fans following the news of Graham Rowntree’s appointment as forwards coach.
Rowntree is currently coaching the Georgian national team and will take up his new role with Munster following the World Cup in Japan later this year.
Munster head coach, Johann van Graan had previously stated that he wanted three new coaches to join his staff. The swift appointment of both Larkham and Rowntree will now ease the pressure on the South African to hire a third coach.