Munster Rugby’s new head coach, Rob Penney has appointed fellow Kiwi Simon Mannix as his backs coach.
The former Hurricanes out-half had playing spells with Sale and Gloucester before moving to France where he has been backs coach at Racing Metro for four seasons up to the end of 2011. He won a solitary cap for the All Blacks back in 1994 against France before moving to Europe.
This was of course a most rare move for a player at the top of his game. Mannix was aged just 23 at the time and had been in the All Blacks squad for three years.
He is expected to be in place for pre-season training in late June, subject to obtaining a work permit.
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald spoke about the signing on Wednesday: “We’re delighted that Simon has agreed terms and believe his playing experience in two hemispheres plus his coaching experience at the top level in France will complement the recent appointment of Rob Penney and existing position of Anthony Foley.