Declan Kidney remains coy on Munster coach links

Declan Kidney remains coy on Munster coach links

FORMER IRELAND coach Declan Kidney has stayed tight-lipped on potential return to Munster next season. 

The current London Irish director has been linked with replacing the outgoing Munster boss Johann van Graan, who is set to join Bath. Kidney has been London Irish's director of rugby since 2018.

Kidney has had two spells at Munster and did not rule out a third stint at the province, but opted not to say anything out of respect for his bosses at London Irish.

The Cork native had Heineken Cup successes in 2006 and 2008 with Munster and would be a popular appointment with Munster fans. He also won a Grand Slam with Ireland and other honors.

The 62-year-old former Ireland head coach spoke today and hasn't quashed the rumors, but he remains focused on getting London Irish, who are currently seventh in the Premiership table up it.

“Look, jobs like that and positions like that, there is always going to be speculation,” Kidney said.

“I'm very happy here in London Irish and I really enjoy working with the lads.

“I have too much respect for my present job, too much respect for Munster, for the IRFU, to be getting into any hypothetical conversation.”

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby of London Irish Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)