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McGahan The New Munster Coach

18th June 2008 By Munster Rugby

McGahan The New Munster Coach

The position of Munster Director of Coaching vacated by the appointment of Declan Kidney as Ireland international coach, has been filled by Munster when they confirmed today that Tony McGahan will succeed Kidney.

The position of Munster Director of Coaching vacated by the appointment of Declan Kidney as Ireland international coach, has been filled by Munster when they confirmed today that Tony McGahan will succeed Kidney.

The appointment has been ratified by IRFU and McGahan will take up the appointment on July 1st when he returns from his native Australia, where he is currently on vacation.

Speaking from Sydney McGahan said, "I am delighted to be chosen as the next Munster Director of Coaching. It is a privilege and a great honour to be asked to lead one of the top clubs and biggest brand names in world rugby

?Having been involved with Munster for the past three seasons I fully realise what the expectations of all Munster supporters are. With a solid group of senior players at my disposal plus an exciting batch of young players coming through, a talented management group and strong administration, I hope to continue and fulfil those expectations in the short and long term.

?I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, both in Magners League and Heineken Cup competitions. I have enjoyed my time working under Declan Kidney and would like to wish him all the very best in his role with the national side.

Munster Chief Executive Garrett Fitzgerald said, ? I am very pleased that the process to fill the position has been finalised and done so in such an expedient manner.

?Tony McGahan has been involved with us for the past number of years, a period that saw him play an integral part in our Heineken Cup success and consistency in the Magners League. In that time he has displayed all the qualities that we believe are required to keep Munster to the forefront and we wish him well in the challenging times that lie ahead.

With regard to the Forwards Coach position vacated by Jim Williams, Fitzgerald confirmed that would it not be further progressed until McGahan has taken up his appointment.

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