With the heavily tipped Dave Wessels taking up the post at Melbourne Rebels, Munster have opted to go for the lesser known Johann van Graan.

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Van Graan, currently assistant coach to the Springboks and formerly with the Bulls, will link up with the Pro14 outfit on conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

According to reports, Erasmus will remain on in his current position until the end of the calendar year, giving van Graan a period to learn the ropes, ensuring a smooth transition under the brief tutelage of Erasmus.

Van Graan also worked under Heyneke Meyer during the 2015 Rugby World Cup as a forwards coach who rather uniquely, also worked on the Boks attacking play.

Meyer attributed much of the rebranding of the Springboks image and transitioning to a more attacking style of rugby to van Graan.

“He never had a name and there were questions about him, and it was a risk I took. But to be honest it was probably the best appointment I’ve ever made. For one, because he came with no baggage, no background and secondly the way he grew in the position,” said Meyer.

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“Everywhere that he goes now, he has immense respect from coaches all over the world. That shows me it was the right appointment to make. He has been asked by all our Super Rugby franchises to pitch in and help.”

 

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