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Andy Farrell is to join Munster in an advisory role with immediate effect.
Farrell was last week appointed as Ireland's new defence coach but he will not take up the position until after the RBS Six Nations Championship as he is currently on gardening leave following his departure from England.
While he is not in a position to take up a coaching role, Farrell is free to work alongside Munster head coach Anthony Foley in an advisory capacity.
"We have been looking for additional support for our coaching staff and with the timely availability of an experienced coach such as Andy Farrell we felt his inclusion would be hugely beneficial in assisting our coaching team," Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald commented.
The terms of Farrell's gardening leave mean he is not permitted to join the Ireland set-up before the Six Nations – he will join Joe Schmidt’s coaching team ahead of the summer tour to South Africa - but he is permitted to work at club and provincial level.
"Andy's gardening leave prevents him from coaching in the international game at this time but he has agreed to an advisory role working with Anthony and his backroom team," David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director explained.