URC winning coach Rowntree extends Munster contract

With an impressive CV, Rowntree has played for and coached with the British and Irish Lions, England Rugby and Leicester Tigers.

Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that Head Coach Graham Rowntree has signed a two-year contract extension to stay at the province until at least 2026.

In his first season as Head Coach last season, Rowntree led the province to the URC title after a thrilling Grand Final win over Stormers in Cape Town.

Prior to becoming Head Coach, he spent three years as the province’s Forwards Coach.

With an impressive CV, Rowntree has played for and coached with the British and Irish Lions, England Rugby and Leicester Tigers.

On his contract extension, Rowntree said:

“My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our four years at Munster and I’m delighted to sign a new contract.

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

“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.”

25 September 2022; Munster head coach Graham Rowntree during the United Rugby Championship match between Dragons and Munster at Rodney Parade in Newport, Wales. Photo by Ben Evans/Sportsfile

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.”

Munster are in action this Saturday as they return to Thomond Park for the first time in six months when they welcome the Barbarians.

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