Penney handed Munster role
Rob Penney has agreed a two-year contract to become the new head coach of Munster at the end of this current season.
The RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final hopefuls embarked on an extensive search for a new coach after Tony McGahan confirmed his decsion to leave in the summer for a move to Australia.
Former Ireland international Anthony Foley was a strong candidate to make the step up but he was overlooked, although he will remain with the Irish club as forwards coach going into next season.
Munster opted to take 48-year-old Penney following his good work at Canterbury in his native New Zealand since 2006 where he has coached their ITM side to four consecutive titles.
On the appointment of Penney, who is also set to coach the New Zealand Under-20s squad at the IRB Junior World Championships before moving to Ireland in mid-July, the club's chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said: "We conducted a thorough search to find a replacement for Tony McGahan and were delighted with the calibre of the candidates.
"Rob Penney's record speaks for itself and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster."