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Homeward bound: Munster boss Tony McGahan heading back to Oz

Thomond Park chief said to be taking up defensive coach role with Australia at the end of the season.

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MUNSTER RUGBY CHIEFS have refused to comment on speculation that Tony McGahan is heading for the Thomond Park exit.

The Australian is reported to have told players that he is to return to his homeland to take up the position of defence coach in Robbie Deans’ Wallabies set-up at the end of the season.

When asked to confirm the news by TheScore tonight however, a Munster Rugby spokesperson said they could not do so.

It had been widely expected that McGahan would in fact take up the offer of a two-year contract extension from Munster.

After the Reds failed to qualify from their Heineken Cup pool last season, they have responded by recording six from six this time around. He has managed a transitional period in the former Heineken Cup winners’ squad and blooded several of the province’s young hopes.

Should the news be confirmed as expected tomorrow morning, the chance to return to Australia with his young family will no doubt be cited as a key factor.

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