Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham has confirmed he will leave the province at the end of the season.

The former Australia out-half will return to Australia in the summer of 2022 after three seasons at the province.

In September, the 47-year-old has said he was keen to extend his contract at Munster, but has turned down an offer to remain in Limerick in order to return to Australia for family reasons.

"I only recently spoke about my desire to remain with Munster and continue working with my fellow coaches and playing group.

"That hopefully gives some indication as to how difficult a decision this has been for me. The staff, players, fans, and facilities are world class here and I am grateful to have had this opportunity," he said.

Larkham's statement, which was released by Munster Rugby this evening, indicates he has a new job lined up.

"My family made a number of sacrifices in joining me on this move to Ireland and my girls' adjustment over here, particularly with Covid, has been difficult. I have to put them first now, and with a coaching opportunity closer to home this is the right thing for my family at this time.

"For now, my focus is very much with Munster Rugby and with a long season ahead I will savour every moment of working within this great environment as we continue to build in the right direction."

The province are yet to confirm the future of the rest of their coaching ticket, with head coach Van Graan, as well as his assistants Graham Rowntree and JP Ferreira all believed to have been offered extensions.

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