Home Rugby Van Graan: “I’ve Been In Constant Contact With Them, I Won’t Rule It Out”

Van Graan: “I’ve Been In Constant Contact With Them, I Won’t Rule It Out”

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has refused to rule out the possibility of Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell joining his coaching ticket at the province in the near future.

The South African signed a contract extension with the province last week that will see him remain in his post until 2022, however, he has indicated that he may look to add to his coaching staff.

Former Munster captain, Paul O’Connell, will finish up as forwards coach with Top 14 side, Stade Francais, at the end of the season while O’Gara is currently an assistant coach with reigning Super Rugby champions, Crusaders.

Van Graan admits that he is in constant contact with the two Munster legends.

“Nothing is impossible”, he told Virgin Media Sport.

“Paulie is doing some very good work at Stade Francais and he’s finishing up. ROG has been absolutely fantastic at the Crusaders and he’s possibly the most sought after coach in the world if I’m not mistaken.

“I’ve been in constant contact with them. I won’t rule it out but there’s a lot of quality coaches all over the world and we’ll do what’s best for Munster.”

Johann van Graan Munster

“They’re fantastic people, fantastic coaches. We’re all on different journeys in our coaching paths so we didn’t say yes or no to that, we’ll see what the future holds”.

The current coaching staff at Munster already contains high profile former players in the form of Felix Jones and Jerry Flannery. The former hooker joined as the scrum coach under Anthony Foley while Jones came on board following the appointment of Rassie Erasmus. The 31-year old turned down the opportunity of joining Erasmus as the Springboks’ skills coach in favour of remaining with Munster.

About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at marisa@punditarena.com or on Twitter