Stephen Larkham to rejoin Brumbies as head coach ahead of 2023 season

Stephen Larkham previously worked with Brumbies between 2011 and 2017
Stephen Larkham previously worked with Brumbies between 2011 and 2017

Brumbies have announced that Stephen Larkham will rejoin the Super Rugby club as head coach ahead of the 2023 season.

Larkham, who played 127 games for Brumbies between 1996 and 2007 started his coaching career with the Canberra based club in 2011 as an assistant coach before taking in charge in 2014. He split his coaching responsibility with Brumbies and Australia after Michael Cheika secured his services as an attack coach during the 2015 World Cup campaign.

He was removed from the Wallabies set up in 2019 following which he made a switch to Munster. With his contract expiring with the Irish side in July 2022, the 47-year-old has decided to return back to Brumbies with current head coach Dan McKellar joining the Wallabies full-time at the end of the 2022 season.

"It’s exciting to know I’ll be returning home to the Brumbies and to Canberra with my family after finishing up my time in Ireland," he told the club's official website.

“Playing for the Brumbies as a Canberra local was obviously a special time in my life and the club were very supportive in my transition into coaching so I want to thank Phil (Thomson, CEO) and the Brumbies board for giving me this opportunity to come back and represent the club again as head coach.

“I’ve developed and learnt a lot both as a person and as a coach in these past couple of years, and I’m looking forward to bringing that experience back to the Brumbies to ensure their continued success.

“Moving forward for this season, I’ll be supporting the Brumbies as always from here in Ireland but my only focus now is on finishing off my time with Munster on a high.”

Larkham also had played 102 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2007 and played in the 1999 (title victory), 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.