Munster and the IRFU have confirmed that Stephen Larkham is to join the club as Senior Coach ahead of the 2019/20 season. 

Larkham, a World Cup winner at out-half with Australia in 1999, has signed with the province until June 2022, subject to obtaining a work permit, having spent the last four years working for Rugby Australia.

Larkham’s coaching career began at the Brumbies in 2011 with the former Australia international elevated to the head coach role at the Super Rugby side within three years.

His success at the Brumbies led to Larkham’s appointment to the position of Wallabies attack coach on a part-time basis in 2015, a role he combined with his Head Coach duties at the Brumbies.

He held this role as Australia reached the Rugby World Cup final in 2015 and departed the Brumbies in 2017 to work full-time for Rugby Australia.

Larkham, who becomes the second addition to the coaching staff after former England prop Graham Rowntree joined earlier this month, said: "I am very excited and honoured to be joining Munster Rugby.

"A big part of my decision lies in the values of the club and the importance they place on community. I have come from a very similar environment and know how effective and enjoyable that can be.

"I have had a number of conversations with Johann [van Graan] and I’m very excited to be working with him, as our views on rugby are very similar.

"I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with not only the other coaches in Graham and JP [JP Ferreira] but also the very talented group of players that Munster have."

Munster Rugby Acting CEO Philip Quinn said: "We now have a four-man coaching team with head coach Johann van Graan supported by senior coach Stephen, forwards coach Graham Rowntree and defence coach JP Ferreira.

"It has been our intention to recruit one more member for our coaching ticket and we will evaluate our needs prior to progressing with that process."