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Munster have confirmed that forwards coach Jerry Flannery and attack coach Felix Jones will depart the club when their contracts expire next month. 

The province say both men rejected offers of new deals at Thomond Park and insist 'every effort' was made to retain their services.

Acting CEO Philip Quinn says they're disappointed that the duo have opted to leave.

“As Johann has noted all along, the province was committed to retaining the services of both Jerry and Felix, and I believe the Professional Game Board made every effort to retain the coaching duo with competitive terms.

“While we understand their respective decisions, we are hugely disappointed with the latest development, but wish them every success in the future.

“It goes without saying that Jerry and Felix have been great servants to Munster Rugby, from their earlier playing days in red, to forging successful coaching careers in guiding the next generation of Munster players.”

Munster head-coach Johann van Graan has thanked both men for their contribution to his coaching team.

“We will be very disappointed to see Jerry and Felix go at the end of the season. They are both extremely hard-working, dedicated coaches, in addition to being really good guys who have been fantastic to work with.

“As a coaching group we will continue with the same commitment and drive for success as always, working towards our upcoming Guinness PRO14 semi-final.”

 

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Flannery, who won two European Cups at Thomond Park as a player, admits it was a difficult decision to leave his home province.

“This has been a dream job for me, to coach Munster Rugby. I want to thank all the players, coaches and staff that I worked with over the years, and also thank the supporters who have always been there for us.

“Leaving the province is not a decision I took lightly, but I look forward to watching the squad go from strength to strength, and wish them continued success.”

Munster say their focus is now on finding replacements to join Johann van Graan's backroom team ahead of next season.

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