Munster Close In On The Signing Of High Profile Backs Coach To Replace Felix Jones
Munster Rugby announced earlier this week that former England, Lions and Harlequins coach Graham Rowntree will replace Jerry Flannery as forwards coach at the province – and now it looks like they’re close to replacing Felix Jones as backs coach.
Both Jones and Flannery were offered new deals by the former European champions, but opted to depart, forcing Munster into the market during a tricky period with the Rugby World Cup set to commence in a few short months.
Rowntree won’t link up with the province until current employers Georgia get sent home from Japan – but the man they’re lining up to replace Jones might just be available for an immediate start.
According to the Limerick Leader, Munster have stepped up their efforts to bring in former Brumbies and Australia coach Stephen Larkham, who has been spending time across all of Australia’s national programs since departing the Wallabies setup after three years as national attack coach.
Larkham appears to be keen to get back in coaching after a public fallout with head coach Michael Cheika earlier in the year, and a deal for the highly regarded former outhalf would be seen as a massive coup for the province that would no doubt excite the fans.
Losing Jones and Flannery was disappointing – but there’ll be no complaints if Larkham and Rowntree end up being the two replacements.