Wednesday 21 August 2019

Johann van Graan extends Munster contract by two years

Johann van Graan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Johann van Graan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Johann van Graan has extended his Munster contract for two years and will remain at the province until 2022.

Van Graan arrived in Munster in 2017 after a spell as forwards coach for his native South Africa. He guided Munster to the semi-final stages of the Champions Cup and Pro14 last season, while another Champions Cup semi final awaits on Saturday week against Saracens.  

"I am very happy and grateful to be in this position, knowing that I can continue to work with this incredible group of people and play my part in shaping Munster’s future," said Van Graan.

"Coming to Munster I wanted to become part of the community, and every day I get to experience that sense of belonging with my family and I settling in from the very beginning.

"Moments and scenes such as last Saturday week in Edinburgh with the Munster supporters, players and management make for amazing memories, they can never be taken for granted. This is a special place, a special club to be part of and I look forward to continuing the journey together."

Munster Rugby Acting CEO Philip Quinn added: "We are delighted Johann has committed his future to the province. There was a significant amount of interest from other clubs so it was always going to be a challenge to retain the services of a coach of Johann's calibre.

"However, Johann is fully committed to Munster Rugby and I believe it is a statement of intent from the province that we have finalised this deal.

"Johann brought with him a wealth of experience and a track record with the Springboks and the Bulls in Super Rugby. He has put his own stamp on this squad over the past 18 months and has enhanced the Munster environment further. Working closely with his backroom staff he continues to drive the standards on and off the field, and we look forward to seeing the progress continue over the next three years."

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