Thursday 18 January 2018

Munster confirm Springboks assistant coach as Rassie Erasmus' replacement

Johann Van Graan Photo: Getty Images
Johann Van Graan Photo: Getty Images
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Munster have confirmed that South Africa forwards coach Johann van Graan will join the province next month as their head coach.

Munster have been searching for a replacement for Rassie Erasmus since it was announced before the season that the Director of Rugby would take up the same position with the Springboks in 2018, with defence coach Jacques Nienaber going home with him.

Van Graan first joined the Springboks set-up when Heyneke Meyer was named head coach in 2012, helping to develop the attack and forward play for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He had previously been in the Bulls set-up when they won Super Rugby titles in 2009 and 2010.

"After a worldwide search we are delighted to secure Johann van Graan as Munster Head Coach," Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said.

"We know Johann, with forwards coach Jerry Flannery and backline and attack coach, Felix Jones, will continue to establish the structures and processes required to bring this Munster team forward in terms of growth and success."

Munster say that van Graan will take on the same responsibilities as Erasmus, and will join the province in mid-November subject to a work permit, where he will work with the Erasmus until his departure at Christmas.

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