Mun­ster look south again after choos­ing Van Graan

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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.”

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