“There’s a lot of trust between all of us already” | New Munster forwards coach Andi Kyriacou settling in well to new role

Kyriacou represented Munster in the 2006/07 season on loan from Saracens.

Newly-appointed Munster forwards coach Andi Kyriacou has been settling in very well to his new role since being appointed by Graham Rowntree in May 2022.

The former Rugby Union player, who was born in England, enjoyed a healthy playing career with the likes of Saracens, Ulster, Munster and Cardiff Blues to name a few. Kyriacou called time on his career in 2013 before moving into coaching.

And it’s a new challenge on the horizon for the former hooker, as he completes Munster coach Rowntree’s backroom staff. Kyriacou had been working as an Elite Player Development Officer with the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy since early 2021 but he’s been very satisfied with his new role thus far.

“It’s great. We’re (fellow coaches) doing a lot of co-coaching. There’s a lot of respect for what each other’s departments are bringing but at the same time there’s a lot of trust there between all of us already that we can do a bit in each other’s areas. It’s been a real easy week or so to gel in with the boys.”

Kyriacou has experience in coaching almost all positions of the field and has worked with teams such as Cardiff Blues, the Russian National team, Sale Sharks as well as Nottingham.

The 39-year-old is looking forward to working alongside Graham Rowntree, who he already has a good relationship with since last season and he’s looking to build on this.

“We’ve been very aligned all through last season, he’s been great, he’s given me loads of time. We’d often go down to the academy office and we’d sit and talk about rugby and players and who’s coming through.”

“We’ve got a relationship so I’m looking forward to rolling it on.”

Watch Kyriacou’s first interview as a Munster coach below.

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