THE search for Tony McGahan's successor has been narrowed down to five and Munster are hopeful of appointing their new coach by the end of next month.
Interviews are to be arranged over the next week with the five - a combination of Irish and overseas candidates - and a Munster sub-committee is set to make a recommendation to the IRFU by the end of next month.
Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald has moved to rubbish reports that McGahan had only been offered a one-year deal.
"We offered Tony a two-year renewal of contract. He asked that we consider a one-year deal with an option on a second year," he said. "Then an offer was put in from Australia, which he couldn't turn down."
England to name Lancaster as boss
THE RFU are about to appoint Stuart Lancaster as England's new manager, according to media reports.
The selection panel, headed by chief executive Ian Ritchie interviewed candidates this week and have decided to place its faith in the former Saxons coach, who led the side to a series of surprising victories in the Six Nations.
The first task for Lancaster will be selecting the side for this summer's tour of South Africa, which the RFU hope will be first step on the road to success at the 2015 World Cup, which will be staged in England.