Munster are poised for another departure from their coaching team.
The province this morning announced that defence coach JP Ferreira will leave at the end of the current season.
The South African will join Johann Van Graan in moving to English Premiership outfit Bath.
It represents another loss for Munster, with Stephen Larkham also leaving to return to Australia.
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Defence Coach JP Ferreira, who joined Munster Rugby in 2017, will depart at the end of the season.
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Ferreira - who joined the province in 2017 - says he mulled over the move for some time.
“This has not been an easy decision to make as my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our life in Limerick and are part of a very close-knit community," he said.
“I have been in this role for five seasons and during this time I have enjoyed every minute of coaching at this incredible club.
“The experience I have gained and the friendships that I have made along the way will forever stay with me.
"The way Munster Rugby opened their arms to my family and I throughout my tenure has been outstanding and we are forever grateful to everyone that has made this journey memorable and possible.
“On a personal note, as a family with young children we have an opportunity to experience a different environment and new challenges and we feel this move is the right next step for us.
“I’m very proud of what this group has achieved, and I’m excited for the months ahead as we remain focused on the task at hand, committed to delivering success with this group of players and staff.”
Munster have, however, secured the services of forwards coach Graham Rowntree for the next two-and-a-half years.