Former Munster coach Ian Costello moving to Wasps

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Former Munster coach Ian Costello moves to London Wasps

Former Munster assistant coach Ian Costello will join the London Wasps backroom team next summer

FORMER Munster assistant coach Ian Costello has described his switch to Wasps next season as a ‘fantastic opportunity to learn and progress as a coach.’

Costello, currently in his second season as head coach of English Championship side Nottingham Rugby, will move to the Aviva Premiership giants next summer.

During his tenure, Nottingham have climbed from a ninth-place finish last season to the top four in the current Championship standings.

Former UL-Bohs centre and out-half Costello worked with Munster Academy and U-20s until 2011, and then spent the next five years coaching Munster’s senior team, initially as skills coach and then as assistant coach for the final two years.

Costello will join Wasps in Coventry during pre-season next summer to complement the coaching talent already in place.

Costello’s primary focus will be on skills development and exits, whilst also supporting the wider team to help achieve the rugby department’s goals.

The pair will bring additional expertise and depth to Dai Young’s coaching group.

Wasps Director of Rugby, Dai Young said of Costello: “Everyone I know who worked with him at Munster, and also as part of our loan arrangement with Nottingham Rugby, can’t speak highly enough of his rugby knowledge and attention to detail.

Speaking about his time with Nottingham and his decision to move to Wasps, Ian Costello said: “The last eighteen months at Nottingham Rugby have been an incredible experience and right up there as the most enjoyable period of my career to date.

“Nottingham is a special club made up of exceptional people and I couldn’t speak highly enough of the support my family and I have received on and off the pitch. 

“I am extremely excited about moving to Wasps next season and the new set of challenges it will bring.

“Having worked for Munster for five years and looked at certain English clubs in the European Champions Cup, Wasps was a club with such a rich history and tradition and I always had a huge amount of respect for them growing up.

“Munster and Wasps enjoyed some highly competitive, historic encounters over the years and it will be exciting for me to join such a progressive and ambitious Premiership club. 

“I’ve had some really enjoyable chats with Dai [Young], and his clear vision for how he wants to play and what he thinks this squad can achieve excites me. I’m looking forward to working with an excellent group of coaches and an exciting group of players. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn and progress as a coach and I will look to add as much value as I can to the coaching team and squad next season. Until then, my focus remains firmly on Nottingham and the second half of what has been a very positive season to date.”