Rugby: Munster Head Coach Tony McGahan Set to Leave at the End of the Season

Peter CollinsContributor IFebruary 22, 2012

VIADANA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27:  Head coach of Munster Tony McGahan looks on during the Magners League match between Aironi Rugby and Munster at Stadio Luigi Zaffanella on February 27, 2011 in Viadana, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images for Aironi)
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Munster director of coaching, Tony McGahan, has announced that he will be leaving the Irish side at the end of the 2012 season.

The Aussie has been involved in the Munster setup since 2005 and has put in a tremendous amount of time and work to get the club to where it is now. McGahan took over the reins from Declan Kidney in 2008 after serving as part of the Irishman's coaching staff as the defense and backs coach.

McGahan is set to become the new defensive coach for Robbie Deans' Australian side, so you can't blame him for accepting a national coaching role for his homeland. 

During his time as head coach, he guided Munster to victory in the 2008 Heineken Cup final against Toulouse, beating them 16-13. He also marched them to claim the 2011 Magners League title, against European Champions Leinster, by seeing off their Irish counterparts 19-9 in the final of the playoffs.

Reports have said that McGahan has informed his team on his decision to leave at the end of the season to become part of the Wallabies coaching staff. The Queensland born coach had been offered a one-year extension on his current contract, but he graciously declined.