Kelly in line to follow Fitzgerald as Munster chief

John Kelly is one of the candidates in the frame to succeed Garrett Fitzgerald as Munster Rugby’s chief executive.

Well-placed sources have suggested Fitzgerald will retire at the end of the season and that former playing hero Kelly is a contender to take over the provincial hot seat.

Fitzgerald has been to the forefront of Munster rugby for almost two decades and has overseen a massive development of the province from amateur to professional status.

He also coached Munster to a sensational victory over the then reigning world champions Australia in 1992.

Fitzgerald is currently abroad but is expected to make an announcement on his personal plans within the next few weeks.

Kelly, a qualified accountant, made his Munster debut against Cardiff Blues in 1997. He was part of the Munster teams that lost Heineken Cup finals in 2000 and 2002 but was on the side which defeated Biarritz in 2006. Kelly also won 14 Ireland caps.


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