Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

McGahan eager to meet Munster expectations

Tony McGahan today described his appointment as the new Munster coach as an " honour and a privilege".

McGahan will succeed Declan Kidney as the Heineken Cup champions' supremo following Kidney's elevation to the Ireland job.

The appointment has been ratified by the IRFU and the former Munster assistant coach will become head coach on July 1, when he returns from his native Australia, where he is currently on vacation.

"I am delighted to be chosen as the next Munster Director of Coaching," said McGahan. "It is a privilege and a great honour to be asked to lead one of the top clubs and biggest brand names in world rugby.

"Having been involved with Munster for the past three seasons I fully realise what the expectations of all Munster supporters are. I hope to continue and fulfil those expectations in the short and long term."

Meanwhile, Queen's University scrum-half Ian Porter was the hero for Ireland Under-20s last night when his long-range penalty in extra-time, his third of the game, secured a 9-6 win over Italy to guarantee a top-10 finish in the IRB Junior World Championship.

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