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Walsh new backs coach for Munster

Rugby: Incoming coach Anthony Foley has convinced Brian Walsh to join as Munster backs coach, specialising in attack.

Former centre Walsh had been rumoured to be the frontrunner, especially when, last week, Eddie O’Sullivan was announced as Biarritz Olympique’s new coach for next season.

Skills coach Ian Costello has been upgraded to assistant and he will oversee defence and kicking, while former Ireland Team Manager Niall O’Donovan will man that same position.

Former Ireland lock Mick O’Driscoll, a Technical Advisor, will be reunited with former colleague Jerry Flannery as he completes the coaching ticket as scrum coach with all five signing on for two years.

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: “We have spent the last few months carrying out an extensive recruitment process and believe we have chosen the right candidates to take Munster forward.

“We have a unique situation here; in not only appointing all Irish coaches, we are extremely proud to appoint coaches that have learned their trade within the province. It is a reflection of the level of coaches on offer in Irish Rugby.”

Rosberg rivalry is my toughest yet - Hamilton

F1: Lewis Hamilton believes he faces the toughest title fight of his Formula One career in squaring up to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg this season.

Hamilton heads into this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix at the top of his game after a run of four successive victories.

Despite such domination, Hamilton only has a 
three-point cushion to Rosberg after a mechanical failure in Australia brought his season-opening race to a premature end.

Asked whether this was the toughest scrap he had encountered in F1, Hamilton said: “Definitely, I would say so. It’s the same for Nico because I see his data, which makes it so hard for either of us to get any advantage at all.

“Overall, though, this team has the potential to be the best. In fact we are already there, but we can’t take it for granted - we’ve got to keep working and improving, which we will do.”