Brumbies and Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham has confirmed he will depart Munster at the end of the season, returning to Australia.
Larkham made the move to the Irish giants in 2019 as senior coach, finishing runner-up to Leinster in the Pro14 last season.
“Stephen Larkham will depart Munster at the end of the 2021/22 season. Larkham, who joined Munster as senior coach two years ago, is contracted to the province until the end of the season and was offered the opportunity to extend his time in Limerick." the club said in a statement.
“After careful consideration, Larkham eventually declined the extended contract offer citing personal reasons in seeking a return to Australia with his family and the added incentive of a coaching opportunity closer to home.”
The World Cup winner confirmed he will make the trip back home, putting his family first.
“I only recently spoke about my desire to remain with Munster and continue working with my fellow coaches and playing group," Larkham added.
“That hopefully gives some indication as to how difficult a decision this has been for me. The staff, players, fans, and facilities are world class here and I am grateful to have had this opportunity.
“My family made a number of sacrifices in joining me on this move to Ireland and my girls’ adjustment over here, particularly with covid, has been difficult. I have to put them first now, and with a coaching opportunity closer to home this is the right thing for my family at this time.
“For now, my focus is very much with Munster Rugby and with a long season ahead I will savour every moment of working within this great environment as we continue to build in the right direction.”
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Larkham left Australian Rugby in 2019 after serving as Michael Cheika's assistant leading into the World Cup.
He began his head coaching career with the Brumbies in 2014, taking them to the finals in every year in charge before making the move to the Wallaby setup in 2017.
The champion flyhalf was recently inducted as one of three inaugural Brumbies legends alongside George Gregan and Joe Roff to honour the 25th anniversary of the club.