Munster Set To Strengthen In Two Key Areas As Big Name Look Set To Leave The Province
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It’s been an eventful season at Munster Rugby, to say the least, as the southern province gets set to undergo some massive changes in the next few months.
The former two-time European champions started the season well but recent performances have fans and pundits alike asking questions about their style of play, as well as some questionable results, as they continue to look to end their decade-long trophy drought.
Head coach Johann van Graan is departing the province at the end of for Bath with defence coach JP Ferreira set to follow him, while attack coach Stephen Larkham is also set for the exit door, with the Australian heading home to take the head coach role with the Brumbies.
Springboks centre Damian de Allende also looks set to leave at the end of the current campaign, with a return to Japan on the cards, but it’s not all doom and gloom for Munster, with forwards coach Graham Rowntree and lock RG Snyman recently signing new deals, and former All Black Malakai Fekitoa being lined up to replace de Allende.
And while there is no news yet on the coaching front, it appears Munster are in the market to strengthen their roster in two key areas that many fans will be delighted with. According to The42, the Irish side are looking to bring in both a hooker and a tighthead prop.
Both positions have been a problem area in recent seasons for Munster with Niall Scannell failing to produce, and Stephen Archer not quite at the level you would expect to win silverware. Rhys Marshall was also not replaced following his departure last season and there have been rumours that John Ryan will depart, with Saracens a potential destination for the Ireland international.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting few months for Munster on all fronts.