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'I'd certainly talk to them' - John Kirwan eyes Munster job

Former All Blacks star is scouting around for his next challenge. And Thomond Park looks appealing.

John Kirwan: looking for a job.
John Kirwan: looking for a job.
Image: Koji Sasahara/AP/Press Association Images

ALL BLACKS GREAT John Kirwan quite fancies the sound of Limerick, it seems.

The former Japan coach admitted last night that he’d happily accept a call from a 061 number, when Thomond Park bosses begin their search for a new manager.

Kirwan is currently working in Italian TV, having finished up as Japan national team manager after last year’s Rugby World Cup in his native New Zealand.

Munster meanwhile, confirmed this week that their current head coach Tony McGahan would be returning to Australia at the end of the season to take up a backroom role with the Wallabies.

“Yeah it’s really interesting because every job that comes up at the moment I get linked with but you know,” Kirwan said on the Last Word programme yesterday. ”I am not working at the moment and I am certainly looking for a rugby team that’s keen on winning a lot of stuff and I know Munster are doing that.”

“I’m sure if If they rang me, I’d certainly talk to them. But I don’t know if my phone is going to ring.”

Kirwan previously spoke of his interest in the soon-to-be vacant Ulster job too.

“[F]or me I’m really looking for a club that has aspirations to win, I’m really keen to get involved in a side that wants to go places. So if Ulster are keen on winning the Heineken Cup and winning the Robo Cup or whatever it’s called, I’d be keen to be involved,” the All Blacks legend told Off The Ball last month.

Kirwan was in Dublin to help recently-retired Thomond Park favourite, Alan Quinlan, promote the Lean On Me charity.

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