Rowntree set to take over as head coach of Munster


Munster forwards coach Graham Rowntree is set to be confirmed as the province’s new head coach. It’s believed that he accepted the role after being offered it in recent days.
Rowntree is set to take over from Johann van Graan who departs for Bath this summer.
Rowntree signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in January. He will remain at the province until at least June 2024.
The former England prop had coaching roles with the British and Irish Lions, England Rugby, Harlequins and Leicester Tigers. He made the move to Munster in October in 2019 after completing his coaching duties with Georgia Rugby.
When Rowntree signed his contract extension in January he commented: “I am delighted to be committing my future to Munster Rugby. I have made my thoughts about this club widely known throughout my time so far, and for me and my family it really has been an easy decision, a non-decision if truth be told. We’ve put down roots here and have no desire to move anywhere else.
“I know there will be coaching personnel changes at the end of this season but from where I’m standing, I know that we have everything in place for continued development and success.
“This is a club with established structures, facilities, staff, players, supporters, and resources that any club or coach would be envious of and I’m very excited to be able to play my part in the years to come.”
Van Graan will not be the only departure from the province. Senior coach Stephen Larkham heads home to Australia to take up the role of head coach with the Brumbies. Defence coach JP Ferreira is to Van Graan at Bath.