Munster head coach Johann van Graan congratulates Joey Carbery after Ireland’s game against Scotland in Murrayfield. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The close relationship between Joe Schmidt and Johnny Sexton has been well documented. While rugby is the dominating reference point for their sit dow(...)

Munster have a lot to improve on to reach perfection, says coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Perfection is the standard. That’s what the IRFU place lightly upon Johann van Graan’s young shoulders. Blame Joe Schmidt and Rassie Erasmus for the (...)

Bryan Habana scores a try against Leinster in the 2015 Champions Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa great Bryan Habana is to retire at the end of the season after being unable to force his way back into the Toulon team. Habana underwent(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action during the Six Nations  match against France at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The boy who would be king rises up in Paris. Recently, in conversation with a former Ireland international, we naively compared James Ryan to Paul O’(...)

South Africa  coach Allister Coetzee: “We need to adapt and there will be challenges Saturday.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Continuity was the buzz word as Springbok coach Allister Coetzee named a side with just three changes from the one that lost to New Zealand by a point(...)

 Allister Coetzee: “They’re class acts, but we can’t just focus on Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton. There are other great players in the side as well.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The head coach of the Springboks, Allister Coetzee, has described Ireland as “the New Zealand of Europe”, highlighting in particular the “world-class”(...)

Johann Van Graan: the Sprinboks’ head coach Allister Coetzee says van  Graan will be a big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster. Photograph: Getty Images

Johann Van Graan will be released from his commitments to the Springboks after their forthcoming games against Ireland and France over the next two Sa(...)

 Munster’s Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout during rhe European Champions Cup clash against Castres at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

No harm to have an incoming new “head coach” in Johann van Graan to take the focus off Munster’s performance in Castres. Avoiding defeat in the south(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is remaining optimistic ahead of his side’s clash against a very affluent and physical Montpellier side. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bracing themselves for the financial and physical monster that billionaire owner Mohed Altrad and new coach Vern Cotter have assembled at Montpellier,(...)

Johann van Graan will take over as Munster’s new Director of Rugby. Photo: Getty Images

The Springboks’ assistant coach Johann van Graan will succeed Rassie Erasmus as the Munster Director of Rugby. The Irish Times has learned that van Gr(...)

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