Johann van Graan is on his way to Bath.
Bath Rugby have confirmed the appointment of Johann van Graan as their new Head Coach ahead of the 2022/23 season, on a long-term deal.
Van Graan confirmed his intention to part ways with Munster yesterday, and he has since made his switch to England official after he opted against extending his stay at Thomond Park.
Current Bath Head Coach Neal Hatley will continue in his role until the end of the season, however, but full details of Van Graan’s coaching ticket will be revealed in the near future.
Van Graan eyeing success at Bath.
Despite limited success in terms of trophies at Munster, Van Graan has been hailed as a ‘world-class’ coach by his new employers.
“We have huge ambition at Bath,” Chief Executive Tarquin McDonald said. “Johann is a world-class coach who will play a fundamental role in our future success.
“He will hold full responsibility for our game, focussed on delivering winning performances. I am delighted to announce this appointment and look forward to welcoming Johann and his family to Bath this summer.”
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His arrival was also noted by Bath’s Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper, who added: “Johann is a phenomenal coach with a proven track record of developing teams to be successful on the pitch.
“He has experienced winning rugby environments at the very highest level of the game and knows exactly what it takes.
“We have an outstanding and committed group of players and staff here at the club; Johann’s experience will add significantly to this.”
Johann van Graan.
Also speaking on his appointment was van Graan himself, where he noted that he is relishing his latest coaching opportunity.
“I am hugely excited for the opportunity to join Bath for the 2022/23 season,” he explained.
“I see huge potential in this club, the players, coaches and staff. I am coming to Bath to work with everyone, and to achieve great success with everyone at the club.
“This is an exciting next step for me as a coach, and for my family in moving to a proud club and a true rugby city.”
Van Graan, however, will be forced to put those thoughts on his job at Bath to one side for now, as he gets set to prepare Munster for a crucial European clash at home to Castres on Saturday night.
Kick-off at Thomond Park is at 8pm.