Munster have announced that head coach Tony McGahan will stay with the Irish province in his role as Director of Rugby for the next two seasons.
The Australian coach joined the double Heineken Cup winners in 2005 as a defence coach and took over from Declan Kidney when the Limerick man was appointed Ireland head coach.
McGahan was in the coaching team who guided Munster to Heineken Cup final glory in 2006 and 2008 and will stay at Thomond Park until at least 2012.
McGahan declared: "It's been a privilege to be involved with a group of players, management and officials such as those involved with Munster. I'm really looking forward to the immediate future, with crucial Magners League and Heineken Cup games in the offing, but I'm also delighted, both personally and professionally, to be remaining in Munster in the longer term."
Munster will play their next Heineken Cup game at home against the Top 14 Orange reigning champions Perpignan on Friday, 11 December, followed by the return Round 4 fixture and the trip to Stade Aime Giral nine days later.