Tony McGahan will succeed Declan Kidney as the Heineken Cup champions Munster's Head Coach.
The 35-year-old Australian native has been part of the management team at Munster for the past three seasons and the move will ensure a level of continuity for the Irish province when they set out campaign to retain the coveted European trophy in Pool 1 of the next season's Heineken Cup.
Speaking from Australia McGahan said, "I am delighted to be chosen as the next Munster Director of Coaching.
"It is a privilege and a great honour to be asked to lead one of the top clubs and biggest brand names in world rugby
"Having been involved with Munster for the past three seasons I fully realise what the expectations of all Munster supporters are. With a solid group of senior players at my disposal plus an exciting batch of young players coming through, a talented management group and strong administration, I hope to continue and fulfil those expectations in the short and long term.
"I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, both in Magners League and Heineken Cup competitions. I have enjoyed my time working under Declan Kidney and would like to wish him all the very best in his role with the national side.
McGahan will hope to guide Munster to a successful Pool 1 campaign where they will face familiar foes in ASM Clermont Auvergne and Sale Sharks as well as tournament debutants Montauban.