Anthony Foley in line for Munster coaching role

Updated: February 9, 2011

Anthony Foley is understood to be the main contender for the position of Munster forwards coach after the province confirmed that Laurie Fisher’s contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.

Fisher joined Munster as forwards coach in 2008 on a two year deal. The contract was extended to include a third season, but, following the province’s exit from the Heineken at the group stage last month, Munster said yesterday that “by mutual consent, the option of a fourth season has not been considered by either party.”

Anthony Foley retired from rugby in 2008 after 202 appearances for Munster and 62 caps Irish caps. He has since made a successful switch to coaching, working with the Munster ‘A’ squad and as assistant coach to Fisher. He also coached the Ireland Wolfhounds forwards under head coach Eric Elwood.

Niall O’Donovan is also a name under consideration. The latter had successful stints as forwards coach under Declan Kidney with Munster and Eddie O’Sullivan with Ireland.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Munster,” said Fisher. “To be involved in a club with such history, tradition and passion has been a wonderful experience. I’m disappointed to have not achieved the holy grail of Heineken Cup success, but there is still a European challenge there for us this season and the Magners League is very much in our sights.”

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