McGahan named new Munster coach

European champions Munster have named Tony McGahan as their new director of coaching following Declan Kidney’s departure to take over Ireland.

As the club’s defence and backs coach since March 2006, the Australian has been a key part of the set-up, headed by Kidney, which took two Heineken Cup titles to Thomond Park in 2006 and this season.

The 35-year-old has also coached Australia’s ‘A’ and under-19 sides, as well as Brisbane Broncos in rugby league.

“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,” McGahan said.

“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.”

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald added: “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.”