Rob Penney is a man in demand.
For the last two seasons Munster fans have debated the circumstances of Rob Penney’s departure from the province.
Depending on who you talk to, Penney was either pushed out the gates of Thomond Park or he left of his own accord after being offered a lucrative contract with the Shining Arcs in Japan.
In any event, it appears that Penney’s stock remains high in New Zealand, after he was last night linked with the soon to be vacated coaching positions at the Crusaders and Highlanders.
Kiwi news site, Stuff, reported that Penney would not confirm whether or not he would apply for either or both positions, instead he simply stated,
I am keen to do a Super job, and I think that would be an equally good fit for me.
Nevertheless, given that Penney previously coached Canterbury to three NPC titles during a six year stint at the club, it is easy to understand why he referenced the Crusaders.
Coaching at Super Rugby level is something I aspire to do and the Crusaders is an organisation I am passionate about.
In 2009 Penney had applied for the position as Crusaders coach but lost out to Todd Blackadder, who ironically enough, is currently being linked with the new Director of Rugby role at Munster.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena