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End of the Line: Fisher calls time on Munster role

Long-haired Aussie to finish up as Munster’s forwards coach at the end of this season.

MUNSTER FORWARDS COACH Laurie Fisher will not continue on with the provincial outfit past the end of the current season, it has been announced this afternoon.

In a press release issued by Munster, it was announced that the option of extending the Australian’s contract for a fourth season had not been considered by either party by mutual consent.

Fisher arrived in Munster in 2008 following a four-year spell as the head of Australian Super 14 side Brumbies.

Speaking about his decision, Fisher was full of praise for Munster fans and players alike.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Munster . To be involved in a club with such history, tradition and passion has been a wonderful experience. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the worlds best players and others who will be in the future.

I’m  disappointed  to have not achieved the holy grail of Heineken Cup success but there is still a European challenge there for us this season and the Magners League is very much in our sights.

I will follow Munsters progress in the future as a new generation of player emerges, and will long carry the memory of the unique atmosphere that is a  full house at Thomond Park Stadium.

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald was equally effusive in his praise for the Aussie, stating that the province was “indebted to Laurie for the work he put in for Munster Rugby over the past three years”.

He arrived at a time of transition in both personnel and playing terms and his experience as a Head Coach fully complemented what was at that time a young management team. His work ethic, application and professionalism was always exemplary, and an example to anyone who aspires to a career in international club coaching.

He will leave Munster at the end of his tenure with our gratitude and very best wishes.