Munster have announced the appointment of Niall O'Donovan as their team manager, taking over from Shaun Payne who returns home to South Africa.

O'Donovan was assistant coach with Munster up until the end of the 2001/02, before moving on to the role of forwards coach with the Ireland senior squad.

In more recent times he has acted as team manager and forwards coach to the Munster British & Irish Cup. The Shannon club man takes up the role on 1 July on a two year contract.