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I'm here to drive Munster on: Larkham

New job: Stephen Larkham
New job: Stephen Larkham

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Stephen Larkham is at Munster for more than the experience and the Australian World Cup winner is targeting trophies with his new province.

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Installed as a senior coach over the summer, the former out-half landed in Ireland last week and has been knuckling down ahead of his first season in northern hemisphere rugby.

Larkham is charged with improving the Reds' attack and he'll be focusing on improving the skill-set of the forwards to take the team to another level.

Under Johann van Graan, they have reached successive semi-finals in the Champions Cup and PRO14 and the new recruit believes they can hit another level.

"I'm coming in here to make a change. The club is built around success and we're chasing that," he said. "We know the results from last year aren't good enough, semi-finals in both competitions. Most people say, 'That's pretty good' but it's not good enough for us.

"So, we're chasing the next level and I want to be part of that.

"But there's a fair bit of development coming from the southern hemisphere having now been in the coaching game for not that long, eight years, you hear plenty of stories about how difficult the competition is up here.

"At some stage I wanted to get up here and experience it."

Larkham believes the key to moving Munster's attack on is to get the forwards and backs linking better.

"At the moment it's focused on the attack," he said of his role. "There are things here in place that are working really well, so it's not about changing those, it's about maintaining those.

"But there is a bit of detail lacking and in my interview process I identified a couple of areas where I felt the detail was lacking."

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