After the last number of weeks which has yielded various reports regarding the successor to Munster’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, it has been confirmed today by the Springboks CEO, Jurie Roux, that Springboks forward coach, Johan van Graan, is to be the new boss at Munster.
A few weeks ago it was originally believed that Dave Wessells was in pole position for the job but he subsequently opted to take up the head coaching role at the Melbourne Rebels instead, after some time in the same position at the Western Force.
Soon after this Wessells move to Munster proved to be false, van Graan’s name came into the frame and the Irish Times reported that it was a done deal according to their sources.
That news has now been confirmed in a statement released by the Springboks today.
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux thanked Van Graan for his services to the Springboks.
“Johann has proven himself as an outstanding coach and he has a very bright future ahead of him,” said Roux.
“The Munster appointment is an excellent opportunity for him to test and prove himself as a head coach in a very competitive European club rugby environment.
“I have no doubt that Johann will be successful in his new role and the next chapter of his coaching career. From SA Rugby’s side, we would like to wish him and his young family all of the best.”
Van Graan himself has thanked those in the Springboks camp and is looking forward to his new role with the southern province.
“I was fortunate enough to be part of the Springboks for the past six years and 69 Tests so far, which was an incredible journey up to now,” Van Graan said.
“The Springboks are a big part of my life and I was blessed to coach some of the best players in the world. The training and matches were important, but even more so, the times we spent together, and the friendships I have made is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
“I will always look back with gratitude, but now I am looking forward with real excitement towards the next chapter of my life. To all the players: ‘Memories are all we have!’”