Munster clarify Anthony Foley's role as they reveal coaching staff for next season

Felix Jones joins the setup in a coaching capacity

Munster, Anthony Foley, Pro 12

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Munster have clarified Anthony Foley's role as they confirm their new coaching line-up for next season.

New director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will take on all team performance and on-field coaching responsibilities, while Foley will be in charge of directing Munster's lineouts and breakdowns.

Jacques Nienaber will join the province as defence coach while ex-full-back Felix Jones joins the coaching staff in a technical coaching role.

Nienaber previously held roles in physiotherapy and strength and conditioning with Currie Cup and Super Rugby sides Cheetahs and Cats respectively.

Felix Jones, who was forced to retire from rugby last October following an honours laden career, returns to the fold in a technical coaching role with the primary focus on development of the team's attacking fundamental skills.

Brian Walsh, who held the role of assistant coach for the past two seasons, leaves the province, joining previously confirmed departees Ian Costello and Mick O'Driscoll.

"We are delighted to finalise our coaching requirements for next season and look forward to welcoming Jacques and Felix to the set-up. Jacques is a highly rated and sought after coach who brings a wealth of experience with him after working across all levels of the game," said Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald.

"We believe he will be a great addition to the coaching staff. While Felix, who had a hugely successful playing career with both Munster and Ireland, will provide invaluable technical know-how in aiding the development of our young squad."