Eventhough he has never coached at Super XV level (the southern hemisphere’s equivalent of the Heineken Cup); Munster Rugby have announced that New Zealander Rob Penney will be their head coach for next season.
Penney has signed a two year contract with the southern province, having fended off competition from Anthony Foley and Tana Umaga. Foley will continue his role as forwards coach at Munster.
Penney will take the role in mid-July after he takes New Zealand’s Under 20′s to the Junior World Championship in South Africa.
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said; “We conducted a thorough search to find a replacement for Tony McGahan and 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 added.
Penney has been head coach of Canterbury for six years and has guided them to four straight ITM Cup national provincial titles in that time. He will bring some of his backroom staff with him to Ireland.