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Report: Ex-Welsh Coach Mike Ruddock Linked With Munster Role

All-Ireland League Division 1A, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/1/2019 Lansdowne vs Dublin University Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Former Grand Slam winning Welsh coach Mike Ruddock has been linked with a move to Munster as they look to fill the soon to be vacant coaching positions at the club.

The Limerick Leader are reporting that Ruddock is on Munster’s shortlist to replace Jerry Flannery as forwards coach after the former Irish international turned down the offer of a new contract.

Ruddock, who is the current coach of All-Ireland League side Landsdowne, had previously been in charge of the Welsh national team leading them to a Six Nations Grand Slam crown in 2005.

He also had a four-year spell in charge of the Irish U20s side with whom he won a Six Nations title in 2010.

The report also details that Munster have “informally approached Rob Howley to take the role as attack coach, while Ruddock and current Ireland U20 coach Noel McNamara, have also been mentioned by sources close to the club.”

Munster are in the hunt for a number of new faces in the backroom staff following the news last week that both Flannery and Felix Jones set to leave the club at the end of the season.

Jerry Flannery Felix Jones

Speaking on his departure Jerry Flannery said, “This has been a dream job for me, to coach Munster Rugby. I want to thank all the players, coaches and staff that I worked with over the years, and also thank the supporters who have always been there for us.

“Leaving the province is not a decision I took lightly, but I look forward to watching the squad go from strength to strength, and wish them continued success.”

Felix Jones commented, “It has been an absolute honour to have played for, and to have coached Munster Rugby. I would like to thank the players, coaches, management and fans who have supported me over the last 10 years.

“We will continue our drive to end the season on a high, and I look forward to being a Munster supporter in the future.”

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