Munster: Mossy Lawler added to coaching team while Denis Leamy cools link to Springboks hooker Malcolm Marx

Malcolm Marx Credit: Alamy
Malcolm Marx Credit: Alamy

Munster have announced that Mossy Lawler will join the province’s back-room team ahead of next season as their new skills coach.

The former Munster back will return to the United Rugby Championship outfit after eight successful years at Connacht, where he is attack and skills coach.

Prior to his current position with the senior squad, Lawler was Elite Player Development Officer with their academy and head coach to the Connacht Eagles.

Impressed in his role at Connacht

The Limerick-born 42-year-old was a versatile backline option for Munster from 2000 to 2008 before he left the Irish side to join Wasps in the Premiership.

“We’re delighted to have Mossy joining our set-up this summer,” said Munster head coach Graham Rowntree whose side are enjoying a fine run of form of late.

“We have been really impressed with what he has done in Connacht over the last few years, and he will be a valuable addition to our coaching ticket bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role.

“We are always looking for ways to improve and fine tune what we are doing so to have a dedicated resource in this area and someone of Mossy’s calibre working with our players will be really beneficial.”

Munster are currently preparing for their Champions Cup clash with Northampton as they look to build on a streak of three wins in their last four run-outs.

Following this week’s clash at Thomond Park, Rowntree’s men will head to Toulouse to finish their pool campaign, a side they lost narrowly to in Round One.

Malcolm Marx rumour extinguished

Forwards coach Denis Leamy addressed the media ahead of the home game and was quizzed about the recent rumour that Malcolm Marx is a transfer target.

But Leamy poured cold water on the links to the Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks hooker, who currently plays his club rugby in Japan at Kubota Spears.

“I’d like to work with Malcolm Marx, but there’s nothing in it,” he told

“There’s nothing there for us. No, that’s not something that’s happening, to be as clear about that as I can.

“Look, obviously we look in different areas of the market but that’s not a conversation that’s ongoing.”

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