Former Canterbury coach Rob Penney was today confirmed as Munster's new head coach.
The 48-year-old is expected to arrive in Munster in mid July for the start of a two-year contract subject to obtaining a valid work permit.
Last season Penney took Canterbury to their fourth straight ITM Cup national provincial title.
He also has Super Rugby coaching experience with the Crusaders where he was assistant coach in 2005 when they won the Super 12 title and he has maintained his involvement with the Crusaders as Development Squad Coach.
A former Canterbury Academy Manager, Penney will coach the defending world champion New Zealand under-20 side during next month’s IRB Junior World Championshipin in South Africa.
Anthony Foley will continue on as forwards coach while changes in the rest of the management team will be finalised following consultation with the new head coach.
Commenting on the appointment Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said Penney stood out among a number of stellar candidates.
"We conducted a thorough search to find a replacement for Tony McGahan and were delighted with the calibre of the candidates.
“Rob Penney's record speaks for itself and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster.”