Graham Rowntree signs contract extension with Munster

Munster head coach Graham Rowntree has extended his contract with the province until at least 2026.

The former England international, who was forwards coach before taking over from former head coach Johann van Graan at the start of last season, led Munster to the BKT United Rugby Championship in May.

“My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our four years at Munster and I’m delighted to sign a new contract,” said the 52-year-old former Leicester Tigers and Lions prop.

“This is a special club with special people and I’m very proud to lead such a great group.

Rowntree celebrates Munster’s URC triumph.

“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.”

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