Matt Williams: Johann van Graan’s reign bearing sweet fruit at Munster

His side are displaying a level of team skill that I haven’t witnessed in 25 years watching them

Munster’s rugby lacked precision, variety, skill, high tempo and competent systems when Johann van Graan arrived. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster’s rugby lacked precision, variety, skill, high tempo and competent systems when Johann van Graan arrived. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Being appointed as the head coach to lead a great club with a proud history is an uplifting, humbling and awesome experience. Being appointed as an ‘agent of change’ to reform a famous club that has not won a major trophy in a decade is also one of the toughest gigs in coaching.

I bear the scars of being nailed to that particular cross several times. At some clubs, the solution is to open the floodgates and import in a torrent of foreign players. Like a hit of caffeine, that provides a short-term lift but it does not improve the long-term quality of the players at the club.

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