Tuesday 21 November 2017

Munster confirm the departure of Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, right, with South Africa assistant coach Johan van Graan
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, right, with South Africa assistant coach Johan van Graan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Johann van Graan will begin life as the new director of rugby at Munster next week after Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber ended their time with the southern province.

Both coaches will be taking charge of the Springboks with Erasmus to take a Director of Rugby role and will act above current head coach, Allister Coetzee.

In a statement released by Munster today, they said: "Munster Rugby and the IRFU can today confirm that Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber have completed their time at the province and are returning to South Africa.

"The coaching duo spent a successful 16 months in Munster and helped the province to the final of last year’s Guinness PRO12 along with the semi-final of the European Champions Cup.

"The departure follows a thorough handover process with Johann van Graan that saw the incoming Head Coach meet up with the Munster coaches on a number of occasions and spend a full week with the coaching team ahead of the European Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 last month.

"With no game this weekend, the squad will return to training on Wednesday following a down week.

"Van Graan takes the reins next week ahead of the Guinness PRO14 clash away to Zebre in 13 days' time."

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