Munster look south again after choosing Van Graan
South African Johann van Graan has been appointed as head coach of Munster.
Munster and the Irish Rugby Football Union announced that Van Graan will move from his post as Springboks forwards coach to Thomond Park next month, having signed a contract until June 2020.
Subject to a work permit, Van Graan will initially work alongside current Munster boss Rassie Erasmus, who leaves in December to become the South African Rugby Union’s new rugby director.
Van Graan, 37, had been linked with a coaching role at Premiership club Bath, but his Munster move was widely expected.
Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said: “In Johann we are getting a recognised rugby intellectual with a proven track record and extensive experience working with a national side.
“His technical ability and interpersonal skills have made him an integral member of the South African rugby landscape for over a decade, and it is now time for an ambitious Johann to make an impact in a new rugby environment.”