Stephen Ferris says that Graham Rowntree is the right man for Munster, with his appointment as Head Coach expected to be confirmed over the coming days.

Johann van Graan is set to take over at Bath in the summer, leaving the position at Thomand Park open for the former English prop who has been working as Forwards Coach with the province since October of 2019.

Ferris was part of the British and Irish Lions touring squad in 2009, with Rowntree working as the scrum coach on that trip to South Africa.

And, speaking on RTÉ's Game On, Ferris said that Rowntree can

"He's a good appointment," said the former Ulster and Ireland flanker.

"I heard during the week that Vern Cotter's name was in the hat. I thought that was a bit of a surprise. He's obviously jumped around a few clubs.

"A lot of the Munster faithful have been wanting Rowntree to take the job. He's the type of fella who will go to local club matches, really get into the local community and going out and watching a lot of young lads play rugby,

"That's really appreciated down in Munster, as it is in all clubs. For me it's the right decision. After a big result at the weekend where I fully expected Exeter to pull away with 15 or 20 points in the bag going over to Thomand Park this week.

"Fair play to Munster. They shut up shop, held out for large parts and it's a really tight one going into this weekend.

"A lot of Munster fans will be happy."

On the southern province's narrow loss to 2020 champions, Ferris added: "I expect Exeter to pitch up in Thomand Park this week with a mentality to win the match.

"But I think Munster at home with a full house are going to be hard to beat."

Baloucoune scored a hat-trick for Ulster

Moving onto his native province, Ferris said that their victory over Toulouse was impressive, but that they could have been taking a bigger lead to Belfast this weekend.

"Watching the game it just felt like it was there for Ulster to put a few more points on the scoreboard. There was controversy over the Baloucoune intercept try - was he offside - but I think Wayne Barnes had a very dominant refereeing display, especially over the red card decision. I thought he handled the game well.

"If Ulster's lineout had have functioned the way it has all season, I think they could have had a 15-point lead heading to the Kingspan this weekend."

On the all-Irish last 16 clash between Leinster and Connacht, which the eastern province won by five points in Galway, Ferris acknowledged the URC leader's ability to up their performance when they had to.

"Connacht got off to a good start. The weather was electric, everyone was buzzing, and then all of a sudden it just felt as if Leinster went up a couple of gears.

"They held onto the ball for large parts. Jack Carty is struggling for form a bit. He seems to be in and out of games, and Leinster won the kicking battle.

"A lot of Leinster fans think they might put 30 points on Connacht at the Aviva this weekend but the Connacht lads will believe in themselves. They've turned Leinster over on home soil before so why can't they do it again?

"There's lots of work for Connacht. They're going to have to be more accurate, sort out their scrum because it got destroyed a few times. But you just never know with how this competition throws up surprises."