Thursday 22 August 2019

Big boots to fill for Johann as duo finish

Munster fans
Munster fans

David Wallace

It's looking like tonight's game against Dragons in Irish Independent Park could be the last time that Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber are involved directly in the Munster coaching set-up, and what a loss it's going to be, writes David Wallace.

This week a lot of people have been talking about how fantastic Rassie was for Munster, but when you look at how they performed as a duo, you can't mention one without the other.

One was the mastermind and overseer, and the other was a really good defensive mind - and subsequently the attack as well. 

The way they steered the ship in the wake of Anthony Foley's death last year, was so admirable. Everyone was in complete shock when he passed away and they were in that exact same frame of mind. 

They only difference was they were such recent additions to the set-up in Limerick, but still they coped extremely well and were so professional with the way they handled that. 

They also excelled from a coaching perspective after it, and the overnight change they brought about in the province in certain aspects of the game, and how beneficial they were to the wider community really caught the imagination.

During a tough time, they were exactly what Munster Rugby needed and they will be a tough act to follow.

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