Gerry Thornley: Munster still have the belief they can change the narrative

Van Graan is leaving, their games are a hard watch, but they’re still in an enviable position

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

What the hell to make of Munster? Their head coach, along with two of his three assistants, is leaving at the end of the season. There have even been suggestions that Johann van Graan, who will move to Bath at the end of this season, doesn’t want to be there anymore, is now a lame duck head coach and, what’s more, that he should either voluntarily move on or be shown the exit door.

Many of their games, even their wins over Castres, have been hard watches. Criticism of their bluntness abounds and it’s hard to envisage their performance levels so far this season ending that decade without a trophy and breaking that glass ceiling against Europe’s elite.

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