Umaga being interviewed for Munster job

Updated: April 18, 2012

All Black legend Tana Umaga is in Limerick this week to be interviewed for the position of Munster Rugby head coach.

The position of head coach at the two-time Heineken Cup winners will become available when incumbent Tony McGahan goes back to Australia at the end of the season.

The man who won 74 All Blacks caps and best known on these shores for ending Brian O’Driscoll’s 2005 Lions’ tour, is reported to be interviewing for the Munster job on Wednesday.  The shortlist of candidates is said to be down to three with current Munster forwards’ coach Anthony Foley and Canterbury boss Rob Penney also in the running.

According to the Irish Times;  Penney was interviewed by the Munster  Rugby hierarchy on Tuesday with Umaga to be quizzed on Wednesday regarding the soon to be vacant role.

Penney is the more experienced coach with Umaga only having little more than one season’s experience as a head coach; that at Toulon and Counties Manukau back in New Zealand.  Neither Penney nor Umaga have ever coached at Super 15 (the southern hemisphere’s equivalent of the Heineken Cup) level.

It is thought that Munster legend Foley will be named as Munster’s new head coach with Umaga to take over as backs coach.  The decision is set to be made by the end of  the week.

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