Published: 11:24 | 7/4/21

Larkham linked with Waratahs move

Munster face a battle to hang on to senior coach Stephen Larkham amid rumours of interest from Sydney-based Super Rugby outfit Waratahs.

The World Cup-winning Wallaby has been a hugely influential figure in Munster's revival since his arrival at Thomond Park in 2019. 

He is currently two years into a three-year deal but could be tempted to return home to take the helm at Waratahs following the dismissal of former Munster head coach Rob Penney last month.

Larkham coached another Sydney-based side, Brumbies, from 2011-17 and is highly regarded in his native Australia. 

Regarded as a talented coach and strategic thinker, he also served as attack coach to the national team under Michael Cheika from 2015-19. 

As is the case with many IRFU coaching contracts, Larkham has the option to exit after two years and could be tempted by a return to Super Rugby where Waratahs, one of the biggest clubs in the league, have under-performed in recent years.

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