Munster defence coach JP Ferreira to leave at end of season

JP Ferreira joined Munster as defence coach in 2017
JP Ferreira joined Munster as defence coach in 2017

Munster have confirmed that defence coach JP Ferreira will be leaving the club at the end of the ongoing 2021/22 season.

Having worked as defence coach of Lions since 2007, Ferreira made a switch to Munster in 2017 replacing Jacques Nienaber.

He will now join Johann van Graan to Premiership club Bath ahead of the 2022/23 season.

“This has not been an easy decision to make as my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our life in Limerick and are part of a very close-knit community," he told the club's official website.

“I have been in this role for five seasons and during this time I have enjoyed every minute of coaching at this incredible club.

“The experience I have gained and the friendships that I have made along the way will forever stay with me. The way Munster Rugby opened their arms to my family and I throughout my tenure has been outstanding and we are forever grateful to everyone that has made this journey memorable and possible.

“On a personal note, as a family with young children we have an opportunity to experience a different environment and new challenges and we feel this move is the right next step for us.

“I’m very proud of what this group has achieved, and I’m excited for the months ahead as we remain focused on the task at hand, committed to delivering success with this group of players and staff.”