Ferreira (left) had been part of the Lions' set-up for the last decade. Emirates Lions/Twitter
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Munster appoint South African JP Ferreira as the province's new defence coach

The 34-year-old arrives from the Golden Lions and replaces the recently-departed Jacques Nienaber.

MUNSTER HAVE TODAY announced the appointment of JP Ferreira as the province’s new defence coach after the South African signed a contract with the IRFU until June 2020.

The 34-year-old, who previously worked alongside Johann van Graan as part of the Springboks set-up during the 2016 November internationals, leaves Super Rugby side the Golden Lions where he held the role of defence coach and performance analyst for the last 10 years.

Ferreira replaces Jacques Nienaber following his return to South Africa with former Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

He is expected to commence working with van Graan and the rest of the province’s coaching ticket from next week ahead of the busy Christmas period, which includes Pro14 inter-pros against Leinster, Ulster and Connacht.

“We are delighted that JP is joining our coaching team,” van Graan said. “He is a great coach that has been very successful at Super Rugby level, getting his side to finals with an excellent defence record. He also has Test match experience from his time working with the Springboks during the November internationals last year so brings a great amount of knowledge and experience with him.

“I believe JP will fit in perfectly here at Munster and we look forward to his arrival.”

Ferreira, whose contract with the Lions was due to expire in October 2018 but was granted an early release following negotiations with Munster over the last few weeks, said:

“It is really hard to say goodbye to this amazing Lions family. I have been fortunate and blessed to have been with the Lions for ten years and have been part of ten Currie Cup and Super Rugby Competitions. There have been extreme highs and lows in these ten years of service, but nothing that I would ever regret. It has been an amazing time.

“I feel that it is now time for me to improve, grow and experience a new culture, team, environment and competitions. I want to thank every single coach, player and support staff that invested in my life at the Lions Rugby Company in these ten years. I cannot thank you enough.

“I’m really excited and am looking forward to this next challenge and chapter in my and my family’s lives.”

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has been working with the Munster squad again this week ahead of Sunday’s Champions Cup clash with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, but Ferreira’s appointment now completes the province’s new coaching team.

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