Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Amazing how a mate of a mate gets a job' - Australia legend David Campese takes a swipe at new Munster coach

21 November 2017; Munster head coach Johann van Graan during Munster Rugby Squad Training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
21 November 2017; Munster head coach Johann van Graan during Munster Rugby Squad Training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

It is Johann van Graan's first week as Munster head coach but former Australia star David Campese has questioned the appointment of the highly regarded South African.

Van Graan leaves his position as Springboks forwards coach to take over at Munster, and comes highly recommended by the recently departed Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, who has returned home to take charge of South Africa.

The two names linked with the Munster job were van Graan and another South African, David Wessels, who instead opted to move to the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby.

Van Graan's appointment has been greeted positively by Munster fans but Campese, who is an outspoken rugby pundit in Australia, took to social media to question the decision.

'Amazing how a mate of a mate gets a job," Campese tweeted, in reference to van Graan's relationship with Rassie Erasmus, and also asked why Munster didn't appoint an Irish coach.

Van Graan's first game in charge is away to Zebre this Sunday, with the Champions Cup back-to-backs against Leicester looming in December.

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