Graham Rowntree signs new deal with URC champions Munster
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him with the Irish province until at least 2026.
The former England prop arrived at Thomond Park as forwards coach at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup after his time with Georgia had come to an end. He replaced Johann van Graan as head coach last summer after the South African had joined Bath, and went on to win the United Rugby Championship in his first season in charge, beating the then reigning champions the Stormers in the final in Cape Town.
After signing the new deal, Rowntree said: “My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our four years at Munster and I’m delighted to sign a new contract.
“This is a special club with special people and I’m very proud to lead such a great group.
“There’s lots to look forward to and our coaching team, players and support staff will continue working as hard as we can to get better every day.”
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said: “We are delighted that Graham has agreed to extend his contract with Munster Rugby.
“The IRFU is committed to developing and retaining high quality coaches across the Irish system.
“Today’s announcement is proof of the positive impact that Graham has made at Munster over recent years, and gives the province a timely boost ahead of the new campaign.
“After guiding Munster to the URC title last season, I have no doubt that Graham will be looking to build on that success in the months and years to come.”
Rowntree and his side will get their title defence underway on Saturday October 21, when they host the Sharks at Thomond Park. Before then, both Munster Men and Munster Women face the Barbarians this Saturday.
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