Graham Rowntree to join Munster as forwards coach after World Cup

Graham Rowntree is currently the forwards coach of Georgia
Graham Rowntree is currently the forwards coach of Georgia

Munster Rugby have announced that Graham Rowntree will be appointed as the forwards coach after signing a contract until at the end of the 2021/22 season.

The former England international will link up with the Irish regional club at the end of the World Cup following his commitment with Georgia where he is contracted as the forwards coach.

“I’m delighted to be joining such a prestigious club. Although fully committed to Georgia until the end of the World Cup, I’m really looking forward to working with Johann and his team," Rowntree told the official website of Munster.

Rowntree has the experience of being the forwards coach of England between 2007 and 2015 and also held a similar role with the British and Irish Lions during the 2009, 2013 and 2017 tours.

The 48-year-old has also worked as an assistant coach for Premiership clubs Leicester Tigers and Harlequins.

“We are really pleased to have secured Graham in such a timely manner," said Munster acting CEO Philip Quinn.

The Professional Game Board and Johann have been tirelessly working on our coaching appointments for the past month and to secure a coach of Graham’s calibre is a credit to the work going on behind the scenes.

“We believe Graham is a fantastic appointment for the province as he brings a wealth of experience from an extensive list of top-level coaching positions, and will add further value to our coaching ticket.

“We understand there is more work to be done on the coaching front, and we will continue in our search for experienced coaches to join Johann and the province.”

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