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Munster announce new head coach

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:58pm

Munster have announced the appointment of Johann van Graan as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The South African will link up with the province in November at the end of the Rugby Championships. He will leave his role as South Africa forward coach to take up the role and will replace current Munster coach Rassie Erasmus, who will take over the role as Springboks director of rugby.

Van Graan secured Super Rugby honours with the Bulls in 2009 and 2010 and achieved bronze success with South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Speaking on the appointment Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: “Rugby was the focal point of this process and in Johann we are getting a recognised rugby intellectual with a proven track record and extensive experience working with a national side.

Speaking about his new role van Graan said: “I am immensely excited and honoured to join Munster and to be part of a Club with a unique ethos and history. Some of the words I associate with Munster Rugby are passion, excellence, ambition and integrity, and I feel very fortunate to be handed this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the Munster players, support staff and supporters on this new journey, and to become part of their community.”

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