Sunday 15 December 2019

'We have no hard feelings towards Erasmus'

Head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Johann van Graan says there are no hard feelings in Munster towards Rassie Erasmus after the former director of rugby lured the province's head of athletic performance to South Africa.

Erasmus swooped for the highly-rated Aled Walters this week and the popular figure, who has been at Munster since 2012, will link up with the SARU performance director in March.

"Look, Rassie is a top, top quality coach. Whatever role he is going for in South Africa he'll want the best people involved, so he wouldn't have wanted Aled there if he's not the very best," Van Graan said. "Rugby is rugby, pro sport is pro sport. We see this as a train, as a journey, there's a starting point and an end point, some guys will get on and some guys will get off. It's about Munster and the people working here. We want special people here. If people leave, we wish them well.

"If you get an international opportunity, to work with an international team, you know, if he wants it that's great for him. He was offered a contract extension at Munster but he wanted to move on and we want him to embrace it and use it to enhance himself.

"A big loss to Munster but we'll adapt. Luckily, this team is very good at adapting, accepting change. He's here until March. We'll find somebody good."

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