Declan Kidney fails to rule out Munster return

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    Irish rugby union footballer and coach

Declan Kidney has not ruled out a possible return to Munster if they wish to call upon him for a third stint at the helm.

Reports have linked Kidney to return to the Irish province, who will review their coaching structure after current boss Johann van Graan triggered a six-month release clause in his contract to join Bath from next season.

Munster previously opted to have a ‘director of rugby’ when Rassie Erasmus filled the role in 2016. However, the South African stepped into the head coaching role following the tragic passing of Anthony Foley.

Kidney underlined that he is “very happy” in his current role as director of rugby at London Irish, which he has held since 2018. However, 62-year-old did not rule out returning to his home province.

Working closely with Les Kiss

Having initially taken up a technical consultant role with the London Irish, Kidney was promoted to director of rugby and worked closely with former Ulster coach Les Kiss in overseeing the Exiles’ return to the Premiership.

KIdney orchestrated both of Munster’s Heineken Cup successes in 2006 and 2008, and should the province look to a local option, Kidney would emerge as the frontrunner.

“Look, jobs like that and positions like that, there is always going to be speculation,” Kidney told the Irish Independent.

“I’m very happy here in London Irish and I really enjoy working with the lads.

“I have too much respect for my present job, too much respect for Munster, for the IRFU, to be getting into any hypothetical conversation.”

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