Wednesday 17 January 2018

'The only constant in life is that there will be change' - Munster confirm loss of fitness coach to the Springboks

Munster head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Munster head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Munster has confirmed that fitness coach Aled Walters will be following Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber and joining the South African backroom team in March.

The Irish Independent revealed this morning that Walters had been captured by the Springboks and Johann van Graan confirmed the loss of the Welshman today.

The Welsh native, who joined Munster for the 2012-13 season as strength and rehab coach and whose title is now head of athletic performance, is a key member of the backroom team.

Walters, who previously worked in Super Rugby with the Brumbies and with Taranaki in New Zealand, is one of the most popular members of the management team and his departure will be a big loss for players.

"I'm very glad for Aled. He's a top, top quality man, very good in his field," Van Graan told RTE Sport.

"He's been  a massive part of our coaching team here at Munster. You just have look at the guys to see the form they're in fitness wise, what a big loss it will be.

"We were informed about this quite a few weeks ago. He was open and honest about it. We wish him well.

"It's great that Munster can keep delivering international coaches, international management. Hopefully we will find a person who will fit in with the Munster way to add value here.

"The only constant in life is that there will be change. You've got to embrace change and use it to your advantage."

Van Graan revealed that Niall Scannell is a doubt for this weekend's clash with Racing 92 in Paris.

The hooker damaged ribs in the recent defeats to Ulster and is battling to be fit.

Billy Holland and Chris Cloete are following return-to-play protocols after receiving knocks in the same game.

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