Penney in for long haul at Munster
Incoming Munster head coach Rob Penney has already spoken of his wish to stay beyond his initial two-year deal. Munster Rugby announced on Wednesday they had signed the successful Canterbury head coach on a two-year deal to replace Australia-bound Tony McGahan this summer and the New Zealander already has his sights on building a legacy with the province.
“I’m hopeful of being able to add value and am really keen to develop the Irish boys,” Penney told the New Zealand Herald. “You can lay a foundation for the first couple of years and it tends to bear fruit after three or four.”
Penney leaves his native province after serving them as a player, captain and head coach, leading Canterbury to four successive national titles between 2008 and 2011. Having missed out on a string of Super Rugby head coaching roles, however, he said he was relishing a new challenge.
“As much as I love coaching in New Zealand, this opportunity became too powerful to resist. If you look at European clubs that you would want to align with, this is certainly one of them, it’s an awesome opportunity. European games, they sell out, you don’t have to put the tickets on the market.”
© This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Friday, May 04, 2012