Munster have confirmed that Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham will join the province as a new senior coach ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Munster are currently in the midst of a coaching reshuffle after the news that Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones would be leaving the province.
The southern province have already secured the services of former England and British & Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree as their new forwards coach.
Now they have secured Larkham as the province’s senior coach and it is likely he will assume responsibility for the backs/attack play.
Larkham has signed a contract until June 2022 subject to obtaining a work permit.
Larkham was attack coach for the Wallabies before a falling out with head coach Michael Cheika brought an end to his involvement with Australia’s national side.
He subsequently took up a role within Rugby Australia in a high-performance role but that will come to an end as he joins Munster.
Commenting on the appointment, Munster Rugby Acting CEO Philip Quinn said: “We are very pleased to add Stephen to our coaching team and look forward to welcoming him to the province in August.
“Stephen’s values are very closely aligned with those of Munster and huge credit must go to the Professional Game Board and Johann for their work in bringing him to the province.
“Stephen is a very successful coach who had offers from other clubs so we are delighted that he has decided to join Munster.
“We now have a four-man coaching team with head coach Johann van Graan supported by senior coach Stephen, forwards coach Graham Rowntree and defence coach JP Ferreira.
“It has been our intention to recruit one more member for our coaching ticket and we will evaluate our needs prior to progressing with that process.”
Speaking about his move to Munster, Larkham said: “I am very excited and honoured to be joining Munster Rugby.
“A big part of my decision lies in the values of the club and the importance they place on community. I have come from a very similar environment and know how effective and enjoyable that can be.
“I have had a number of conversations with Johann and I’m very excited to be working with him, as our views on rugby are very similar.
“I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with not only the other coaches in Graham and JP but also the very talented group of players that Munster have.”