Tuesday 22 May 2018

Options galore for Van Graan next season

Munster's head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Munster's head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

David Wallace

Coming towards the end of 2017-18 it's time to take stock and see how Munster are set for next season, and the province are building a very strong squad, writes David Wallace.

Tadhg Beirne and Mike Haley are coming into an already very strong unit. You have lots of guys returning from injury and with the injection of youth, it all adds to the project that Johann van Graan is hoping will lead Munster to European success.

In the backs Munster have serious depth at centre, and Sammy Arnold's combination with Rory Scannell has looked extremely solid. Add Jaco Taute and Chris Farrell, two internationals, to the mix and Munster's midfield looks world class.

You have youngsters dotted throughout that back-line, with Dan Goggin, Stephen Fitzgerald and Calvin Nash too. They all have the potential for big careers in the Munster red, and Ireland green.

Up front Fineen Wycherley and Conor Oliver are two more exciting prospects and Chris Cloete has been really impressive, while in the pivotal position of out-half, Van Graan has lots of worthy candidates.

The competition between Ian Keatley and JJ Hanrahan has been great this season, but you also have a returning Tyler Bleyendaal in there. Along with that, Bill Johnston could be a real mover next season.

Irish Independent

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