Ian Costello: Munster assistant coach appointed Nottingham boss

Ian Costello makes a point during his time as Munster assistant coach
Ian Costello led Munster A to the British and Irish Cup title as head coach in 2012

Munster assistant coach Ian Costello has been named boss of Championship side Nottingham on a two-year deal.

Costello leaves the Irish Pro12 side a day after Johan Erasmus was appointed Munster director or rugby as part of a shake-up at the province.

He takes over as Green and Whites head coach following Martin Haag's appointment as England Under-20 boss.

"I've enjoyed a good time at Munster and felt it was time to get experience outside of Ireland," Costello said.

He spent six years with Munster, during which time he worked with the club's second team, academy and under-20s.

He also has previous director or rugby experience with amateur side UL Bohemians and led Munster A to the British and Irish Cup title during his time as head coach of the club's second-string side.

Nottingham finished seventh in England's second-tier competition, finishing outside the play-offs for a third successive season.

The 2015-16 season was the club's first full campaign at their Lady Bay Sports Ground training base, having left the near 20,000 capacity Meadow Lane Stadium.

"What attracted me most was the outline, the plans and ambition of the club," Costello told BBC East Midlands Today. "But they are very realistic with where they want to go and how they want to build."

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