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Anthony Foley confirmed as new Munster boss
ESPN Staff
February 19, 2014
Anthony Foley is the new head coach of Munster © PA Photos

Munster will be coached by Anthony Foley next season who will take over from Rob Penney at the end of the season.

Penney is expected to journey to Japan to continue his coaching career but Munster have turned to one of their favourite sons to fill the void. Foley is currently the province's forwards coach but he is a former captain of the side and made 201 appearances for Munster during his playing days.

Foley will take up his role on July 1 on a two-year deal with the option of a third.

"Anthony was the stand-out candidate to succeed Rob Penney at the end of the season and I believe he will do an excellent job in leading this squad forward," Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said. "His experience and knowledge is of huge benefit to this young Munster side and I'm sure it will be an easy transition for both the players and backroom team to carry on the positive progress already made.

"I am glad that all parties could come to an agreement in such a prompt manner as we continue to focus our efforts on the remainder of the season. In the next few months Anthony will continue to play his part in the coaching team, supporting Rob, as Munster challenge for silverware in both competitions."

Foley added: "I am very happy to be selected as the next Munster Rugby head coach. It is a huge honour and privilege for me. I am very fortunate to have played and achieved success with this club at the top level, my home club, and now I look forward to leading the next generation of Munster players to future success in the red jersey.

"But before that we have a job to do this season and I will continue to play my part, working closely with Rob [Penney], Simon [Mannix] and Ian [Costello], as we push for titles."

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