‘A special place’ - Johann van Graan extends Munster contract

‘This is a special club to be part of and I look forward to continuing the journey together’

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has extended his deal with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has extended his deal with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has extended his contract for a further two years, and will remain with the province until June 2022.

Leaving his role as the Springboks forwards coach, van Graan and his family made the move to Limerick in November 2017. Along with his coaching staff of Jerry Flannery, Felix Jones and JP Ferreira, he guided the squad to the semi-final stages of the Champions Cup and Pro14 last season.

A year later and the 39-year-old is on track to match that or do even better in both competitions, with a Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens first up on Saturday week.

Munster’s acting CEO Philip Quinn says he is delighted the South African has committed his future to the province: “There was a significant amount of interest from other clubs so it was always going to be a challenge to retain the services of a coach of Johann’s calibre. However, Johann is fully committed to Munster rugby and I believe it is a statement of intent from the province that we have finalised this deal.

“Johann brought with him a wealth of experience and a track record with the Springboks and the Bulls in Super Rugby. He has put his own stamp on this squad over the past 18 months and has enhanced the Munster environment further. Working closely with his backroom staff he continues to drive the standards on and off the field, and we look forward to seeing the progress continue over the next three years.”

Van Graan himself added, “I am very happy and grateful to be in this position, knowing that I can continue to work with this incredible group of people and play my part in shaping Munster’s future. Coming to Munster I wanted to become part of the community, and every day I get to experience that sense of belonging with my family and I settling in from the very beginning.

“Moments and scenes such as last Saturday week in Edinburgh with the Munster supporters, players and management make for amazing memories, they can never be taken for granted. This is a special place, a special club to be part of and I look forward to continuing the journey together.”

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