Munster have confirmed that three-times British and Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree will take over as forwards coach of the southern province.
Rowntree is the current forwards coach with Georgia and he will begin his new position once their involvement in the 2019 World Cup ends.
Rowntree has signed on with Munster until June 2022.
Commenting on the appointment, Acting CEO Philip Quinn said, “We are really pleased to have secured Graham in such a timely manner. The Professional Game Board and Johann have been tirelessly working on our coaching appointments for the past month and to secure a coach of Graham’s calibre is a credit to the work going on behind the scenes.
“We believe Graham is a fantastic appointment for the province as he brings a wealth of experience from an extensive list of top-level coaching positions, and will add further value to our coaching ticket.
“We understand there is more work to be done on the coaching front, and we will continue in our search for experienced coaches to join Johann and the province.”
Rowntree said, “I’m delighted to be joining such a prestigious club. Although fully committed to Georgia until the end of the World Cup, I’m really looking forward to working with Johann and his team.”
In addition to his involvement in the 2009, 2013 and 2017 British and Irish Lions tours, Rowntree was also an assistant coach and forwards coach of England over a seven-year period.
Munster are set to make more appointments to their coaching ticket.
Rowntree is a direct replacement for Jerry Flannery while a backs/attack coach will be sought to replace Felix Jones.