Published: 11:10 | 14/6/19

Larkham joins Munster coaching staff


Stephen Larkham is to join Munster as a senior coach ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Larkham, who was capped over 100 times for the Wallabies, won the Rugby World Cup with Australia in 1999 and was a member of Michael Cheika's senior coaching staff until earlier this year when he moved into new role as national high-performance coach and adviser.

Munster held talks with the 45-year-old in May but he took some time to consider the offer before agreeing to join the province as senior coach, signing a contract until June 2022, subject to a work permit.

“I am very excited and honoured to be joining Munster Rugby," Larkham commented.

“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 (van Graan) 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.”

Following his retirement, Larkham joined the Brumbies coaching staff in 2011 and worked his way up to become head coach of the Super Rugby side. He was appointed as the Wallabies attack coach on a part-time basis in 2015 before taking moving in a full-time role in 2017.

“We are very pleased to add Stephen to our coaching team and look forward to welcoming him to the province in August," Munster Rugby Acting CEO Philip Quinn said.

“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.”

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