The young coaching duo of Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones have both signed two-year contract extensions with Munster Rugby, while team manager Niall O’Donovan has put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
Taking on additional responsibilities under Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus, Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones now assume the roles of forwards coach and back-line and attack coach respectively.
Following his retirement from playing and a stint in the strength and conditioning profession, the 38-year-old Flannery joined Munster’s coaching staff as scrum coach at the start of the 2014/15 season and has played his part in guiding the squad to two GUINNESS PRO12 finals and a Champions Cup semi-final over a three-year coaching period.
Like his fellow former Ireland international, Jones has also successfully managed the transition from player to backroom staff. After an injury-enforced retirement from the game in 2015, the 29-year-old Dubliner embarked on the coaching pathway as a technical coach with Munster at the start of the 2016/17 season, reaching a Champions Cup semi-final and PRO12 final in the past year. He will work with the Ireland coaching team for the final summer tour game against Japan at the end of the month.
In continuing his long association with Munster, Shannon clubman Niall O’Donovan will continue as the province’s team manager until at least June 2020.