Graham Rowntree hasn't ruled out becoming Munster head coach in the future, despite signing a two-year extension as forwards coach today.

The former England and Lions coach said he had no hesitation in agreeing a new deal, despite the uncertainty around who he will be working with.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and senior coach Stephen Larkham are both departing at the end of the season, while defence coach JP Ferreira is yet to agree a new contract.

However, Rowntree's future has been locked in, with the 50-year-old re-signing until 2024.

Although he's agreed a new deal as forwards coach, the former Leicester prop was evasive when asked if he had considered putting himself forward for the soon-to-be-vacant head coach position.

"I'm delighted to be re-signing in my current capacity," Rowntree said.

"The head coach question, well that's one for another day. What I can tell you is the club and all the parties concerned are very aware of my coaching aspirations."

Rowntree has proved a popular appointment since succeeding Jerry Flannery as forwards coach in 2019, and his renewal brings some badly needed stability to the province, for at least two more years.

And all signs point towards him staying in Limerick beyond 2024, with Rowntree saying he initially sought an even longer contract extension.

"I like it here so much.

"I said before, when I think of the club and the people here, my family have settled really well.

"I asked to sign for five years but they wouldn't have it. I'm just enjoying my time here, delighted.

"The players are a humble group who want to get better. My job is to help them get better day in and day out. My family have been well received, it's important in our world to have a good balance of work and play time. I've enjoyed that here. I'm enjoying working with the people I'm working with, the coaches and players.

"It's the old adage, you can only control what you can (control), and what's best for my family and my career. I can't control that obviously there's a bit going on there and it's well documented. I'm just delighted I can commit and be able to put another two years in," he added.

Munster will look to bounce back this Saturday in the United Rugby Championship when they host Ulster at Thomond Park.

The forwards coach said they had "some good clear-the-air meetings" yesterday, after their disappointing defeat to Connacht.

The province are likely to be without Jean Kleyn, Chris Cloete and Jason Jenkins for this weekend's game.

Kleyn will have a scan this week on a knee injury picked up in Saturday's defeat in Galway, with the province yet to determine the extent of the damage.

Cloete has been ruled out of the visit of Ulster with a neck injury.

Second row Jenkins is almost certainly unavailable, with the province saying he's "unlikely to train this week" due to an abdominal injury.

The 26-year-old has had a luckless run of injuries since arriving at the province this summer, with knee and shoulder issues delaying his debut until the Heineken Champions Cup meeting with Castres in December.

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