Tana Umaga added to shortlist for Munster job

Updated: April 13, 2012

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been added to the shortlist of three to take over from Tony McGahan as Munster boss according to rugby journalist Brendan Fanning.

The retired centre will join Canterbury coach Rob Penney and current Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley on the list to replace McGahan.

Umaga’s lack of coaching experience may be overlooked due to his on-field exploits, similar to Leinster’s appointment of Michael Cheika in 2005 and his current head coach Joe Schmidt.

Fanning also says though Umaga’s tenure as a coach with Toulon ended poorly with him coming out of retirement to work under Phillipe Saint Andre as player/coach he may be preferred as his limited coaching role was working with backs.

This role would fit with Munster’s prospective grooming of forwards coach Foley for the main job when he has gained some more experience.

According to Fanning, Munster will not be prioritising experience as they have already interviewed and turned down former Italy and Japan coach John Kirwan.

Recently retired hooker Jerry Flannery told SportsNewsIreland last week that Foley should be appointed once McGahan stands down.

To read the full interview with Flannery click here

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