Former Munster coach Rob Penney has been confirmed as the new head coach of the NSW Waratahs ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season.

The New Zealander has committed to a three-year deal at the Sydney-based club following a stint in charge of Japanese club Shining Arcs.

Penney coached Munster for two seasons from 2012 to 2014, reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup in both years, and was named the then Pro 12 coach of the season in his final season at the Thomond Park club.

"The Waratahs are an organisation revered throughout world rugby, with a proud history of performance and player development," said Penney.

"To be given the opportunity to help this playing group get the most out of both themselves as individuals and as a collective is an exciting one.

"I'm looking forward to contributing to the betterment of Australian rugby, ensuring we have a working environment at the Waratahs to foster the young talent already assembled.

"To see players grow, develop and reach their own personal goals is a hugely satisfying part of coaching – one I’m personally looking forward to here in Australia.

"Ultimately, I want our players to represent the jersey with pride and ensure New South Wales continues to be a leader in Australian rugby."