Stephen Larkham has turned his again on a training extension with Irish membership Munster, paving the way in which for his return to Super Rugby with the Brumbies.
Present Brumbies coach Dan McKellar, will oversee the aspect in Super Rugby Pacific subsequent season earlier than relinquishing his function to concentrate on the Wallabies, the place he’s forwards coach beneath Dave Rennie.
Larkham, 47, mentioned it was time to place his household first and take up a “teaching alternative nearer to dwelling”.
“I solely just lately spoke about my need to stay with Munster and proceed working with my fellow coaches and taking part in group,” the previous Wallabies nice mentioned in an announcement.
“That hopefully offers some indication as to how troublesome a choice this has been for me. The employees, gamers, followers, and amenities are world class right here and I’m grateful to have had this chance.
“My household made quite a few sacrifices in becoming a member of me on this transfer to Ireland and my women’ adjustment over right here, significantly with COVID, has been troublesome.
“I’ve to place them first now, and with a training alternative nearer to dwelling that is the precise factor for my household right now.”
The Brumbies are but to announce McKellar’s substitute however it’s believed favorite son Larkham, in addition to Japan-based Simon Cron, had been the frontrunners.
After 127 appearances for the Brumbies and 102 take a look at caps Larkham’s teaching profession started in Canberra in 2011 earlier than he was elevated to the top coach function on the Tremendous Rugby aspect.
He joined then Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika’s 2015 World Cup marketing campaign as assault coach, splitting his time between the take a look at and Tremendous Rugby function.
Larkham then joined the Wallabies teaching set-up however was controversially sacked by Cheika in early 2019 after a string of poor outcomes.