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Larkham joins Van Graan at Munster

2019-06-14 16:58

Cape Town – Munster and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have
confirmed Stephen Larkham will join the province as senior coach ahead
of the 2019/20 season.

Larkham has signed with the province until June 2022,
subject to obtaining a work permit, having spent the last four years
working for Rugby Australia.

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 (van Graan) 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.”

Larkham’s coaching career began at the Brumbies in 2011 with the
former Australia international elevated to the head coach role at the
Super Rugby side within three years.

His success at the Brumbies led to Larkham’s appointment to the
position of Wallabies attack coach on a part-time basis in 2015, a role
he combined with his head coach duties at the Brumbies.

He held this role as Australia reached the Rugby World Cup final in
2015 and departed the Brumbies in 2017 to work full-time for Rugby
Australia.

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