Thursday 8 December 2016

'Rassie' arrival will lift mood in the camp

David Wallace

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

Johan Erasmus during his South Africa years Photo: Getty/Dave Rogers/Allsport
Johan Erasmus during his South Africa years Photo: Getty/Dave Rogers/Allsport

I have been in teams going through difficult scenarios in the past, whether it was with Munster or Ireland. And I know this squad is packed full of character and characters - they have all the experience required to get themselves out of this hole.

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What Munster find themselves in at the moment is actually a massive opportunity to end the season on a positive note. These young players can look back on this next season as a time when they all stood up, came together and weathered the storm, to reach the Champions Cup. If they do that, and therefore find themselves in the top tier of European rugby again next season, it will be a new dawn for the province. 2016-'17 can be the beginning of a bright new future for this group of young indigenous Munster talent.

This week's announcement that Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus will be taking over as Director of Rugby, will provide a fresh new outlook for the players next season.

With that, and moving into their brand new centre of excellence - a single centre for the first time, the players will have the ideal conditions to launch and assault on the Pro12 and Champions Cup next term.

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