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Anthony Foley confirmed as new Munster head coach
The forwards coach has been given a two-year deal to replace Rob Penney.

MUNSTER RUGBY HAVE confirmed Anthony Foley as their new head coach.

The forwards coach has been given the nod by Thomond Park chiefs as they prepare for Rob Penney’s departure to Japan this summer.

“I am very happy to be selected as the next Munster Rugby Head Coach. It is a huge honour and privilege for me,” said Foley.

“I am very fortunate to have played and achieved success with this club at the top level, my home club, and now I look forward to leading the next generation of Munster players to future success in the red jersey.

“But before that we have a job to do this season and I will continue to play my part, working closely with Rob, Simon and Ian, as we push for titles.”

The former Reds skipper has been given a two-year contract with the option of a third, Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald says.

“Anthony was the stand-out candidate to succeed Rob Penney at the end of the season and I believe he will do an excellent job in leading this squad forward,” said Fitzgerald.

“His experience and knowledge is of huge benefit to this young Munster side and I’m sure it will be an easy transition for both the players and backroom team to carry on the positive progress already made.

“I am glad that all parties could come to an agreement in such a prompt manner as we continue to focus our efforts on the remainder of the season.  In the next few months Anthony will continue to play his part in the coaching team, supporting Rob, as Munster challenge for silverware in both competitions.”

Foley came close to being appointed head coach two seasons ago, when he featured on a shortlist of three candidates alongside Penney and former All Black Tana Umaga.

He will be a popular choice within the squad and with the province’s fans. Nobody else was interviewed for the post, according to Fitzgerald.

He takes over officially on 1 July.

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