Foley to replace Fisher as forwards coach

HEINEKEN Cup winning captain Anthony Foley is poised for promotion to forwards coach with Munster after the province announced yesterday that incumbent Laurie Fisher will leave at the end of the season.

Munster say they expect to appoint Fisher’s replacement “shortly”, suggesting the appointment will come from within the existing coaching set-up. While Foley’s appointment should not be considered a fait accompli, he is the likely successor to Fisher.

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said they were indebted to the former Brumbies coach, who arrived in 2008 at a time of transition in both personnel and playing terms. “His experience as a head coach fully complemented what was at that time a young management team,” said Fitzgerald.

“His work ethic, application and professionalism was always exemplary, and an example to anyone who aspires to a career in international club coaching. He will leave Munster at the end of his tenure with our gratitude and very best wishes.”

Fisher, who replaced Jim Williams after the latter had been appointed assistant coach to the Wallabies, is in the third year of his contract, but by mutual consent the option of a fourth season has not been considered.

During his time Munster have won the Magners League title, contested two Heineken semi-finals and one Magners League semi-final.

The Australian said yesterday: “To be involved in a club with such history, tradition and passion has been a wonderful experience. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the worlds best players and others who will be in the future.

“I will follow Munster’s progress in the future as a new generation of player emerges, and will long carry the memory of the unique atmosphere that is a full house at Thomond Park Stadium.”

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