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Ex-Munster assistant coach to move from Nottingham and take up new role next season with Wasps

Ian Costello will leave Nottingham at the end of this season.

FORMER MUNSTER ASSISTANT coach Ian Costello is to move on from Nottingham Rugby and join Wasps as a senior coach next season.

Ian Costello Ian Costello with Munster players at a training session in January 2016. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

It was confirmed in April last year that Costello was going to link up with the English championship side as their head coach after spending two years involved with Munster, primarily as defence and kicking coach.

Nottingham have revealed today that Costello will leave the club at the end of the current season to take up a senior coaching role with English Premiership club Wasps.

Currently Wasps lie fifth in the English Premiership having reached the final last season where they lost out 23-20 to Exeter Chiefs after extra-time at Twickenham.

In the Champions Cup, Wasps are third in Pool 1 behind La Rochelle and Ulster. They entertain the French club this Sunday after losing out 49-29 to them last Sunday.

Costello described his time with Nottingham, who are currently fourth in the English Championship table, as ‘an incredible experience’.

“The last eighteen months at Nottingham Rugby have been an incredible experience and right up there as the most enjoyable period of my career to date.

Andy Farrell and Ian Costello Munster assistant coach Ian Costello with Andy Farrell. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO


“Nottingham is a special club made up of exceptional people and I couldn’t speak highly enough of the support me and my family have received on and off the pitch.

“I am extremely excited about moving to Wasps next season and the new set of challenges it brings but right now, my focus remains firmly on the second half of what has been a very positive season to date.

“We have developed into a squad that is now competitive at the top end of the Championship and I’ve no doubt that with such an excellent group of players, coaches and support staff the club will continue to be successful into the future.”

In another addition to the Wasps setup, it’s been confirmed that outgoing Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson will join the Ricoh Arena club next year.

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