Munster Get There Man
So Munster have finally confirmed that Johan Van Graan will take over from Johan “Rassie” Erasmus in late November. He will take over after signing a two and a half year deal until June 2020. This piece of news will come as a welcome relief to supporters, management and anyone else involved in Munster Rugby.
This issue caused some trouble over the summer as Munster were landed with a situation where they needed to go in search of a new head coach after only one year of a three year deal. Rassie Erasmus has stated that this opportunity to take on a role within the SARU was a long held ambition and he will take Jaques Nienber back with him.
Munster will finally now have stability for two years heading into a World Cup in late 2019. Now that Munster have dealt with the elephant in the room they can get back to playing rugby in the Pro 14 and in the Champions Cup.
After the Leinster defeat last week, there have been questions asked of the squad and they have assured themselves that with some tweaks in terms of discipline and aggression they may be able to find the answers against Castres next Sunday.
Munster can now fully focus on what is in front of them for the rest of the year and really get into teams in the safe knowledge that all the questions about who will take on the head coaching role will now stop. Erasmus and his charges can now solely focus on winning games and see where that will leave them for the takeover period that will see Van Graan will over from Erasmus.
Johan Van Graan is a highly rated coach within the South African set up and has also been a huge help to The Bulls when they won Super Rugby titles in 2009 and 2010. He was defence coach and also attack coach with them.
He will bring a fresh voice to the Munster dressing room over the next two years and stability is the key word for Munster now. They can now fully concentrate on trying to better what was achieved last year with a Pro 12 Final appearance and a European Semi Final also.
It is now Johan Van Graan‘s time to shine so the best advice he can be given him is enjoy every minute and to the supporters , give the man time to bed in and here’s hoping the results won’t be long in coming around.
Welcome Johan and enjoy your time in Ireland and in charge of Munster…
Cian Mc Gibney