Rob Penney linked with Force coaching job

Last updated 05:00 20/04/2012

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The international coaching merry-go-round could yet see Rob Penney land a Super Rugby job in Perth.

Canterbury NPC coach Penney, in Ireland waiting for his second interview with the Munster club, has also been linked with the Western Force following revelations head coach Richard Graham will replace Ewen McKenzie at the Queensland Reds next year.

McKenzie is set to take a role as the Reds' director of rugby.

Penney, who is reported to have impressed in his first interview with Munster this week, is being touted in the Australian media as a possible replacement for Graham.

Michael Cheika, an Australian who coached Irish club Leinster to the Heineken Cup crown in 2009 and who is now in charge of French giant Stade Francais, is at short odds to win the role.

But a number of other candidates, including Penney, former Wallabies assistant coach Tim Lane, former England attack coach Brian Smith and Force assistant Phil Blake, are among those who may be considered.

Outgoing Munster coach Tony McGahan, who will soon join Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, is also being touted as a possible replacement for Graham.

Force chief executive Vern Reid said that although he would prefer an Australian to fill the position he would not rule out a foreigner.

Former All Blacks captain and Counties-Manukau head coach Tana Umaga has also been interviewed for the Munster job but current forwards coach Anthony Foley is the favourite to replace McGahan.

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