Canterbury's Rob Penney named new Munster coach

Rob Penney is to take over as coach of Munster
Rob Penney is to take over as coach of Munster

New Zealander Rob Penney is to succeed Tony McGahan as Munster's head coach next season.

Anthony Foley, who had been tipped for the top job, will stay on as forwards coach but the rest of Penney's backroom team has still to be finalised.

Penney has been in charge of Canterbury since 2006 and has guided the club to four successive ITM Cup titles.

He will coach the New Zealand Under-20 side when they defend the Junior World Championship in South Africa in June.

Penney, who has been given a two-year contract, is expected in Munster in mid-July, subject to him securing a valid work permit.

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said they had carried out a thorough seach for a new coach.

"We were delighted with the calibre of the candidates. Rob Penney's record speaks for itself and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster," he said.