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The Gaffer Becomes a Sarry.

12th April 2006 By Munster Rugby

The Gaffer Becomes a Sarry.

English Premiership side Saracens have just announced that former Munster coach Alan Gaffney is their new Director of Rugby.

The Australian, 58, who replaces Steve Diamond, will take up his post at the end of the season. Head coach Mike Ford and acting director of rugby Eddie Jones will remain in charge for the final three Premiership games.

Gaffney’s coaching career began at Sydney club Randwick in 1984 and has also seen him complete spells at Leinster and the New South Wales Waratahs.

He joined Munster in 2002 and helped the club twice reach the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup along with winning the Celtic League and Cup. He left Munster to join Australia as an assistant coach at the end of last season.

Ronan O’Gara, believes Saracens have made an inspired choice. “He is a fine coach, and his style is definitely not 10-man rugby. He will make a great difference to Saracens – they have got themselves a fantastic coach.” said the fly-half.

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