Huge news coming out of Munster this morning as it has been confirmed that head-coach, Johann van Graan has extended his contract for a further two years and will now remain in the province until 2022.
The news was confirmed by Munster Rugby this morning.
The South African native joined the provincial side in 2017 after leaving his role as the Springboks’ forwards coach in order to up sticks and move his family to Limerick.
Van Graan has had an immediate impact with Munster and has been well received by both fans and the playing squad. Alongside his coaching staff of Jerry Flannery, Felix Jones and JP Ferriera, they guided Munster to the semi-finals of the Champions Cup and the Guinness PRO 14 in their maiden season.
Munster have backed up those performances with another Champions Cup semi-final on the horizon against Saracens a few weeks from now.
Commenting on the news, the 39-year-old said;
“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.”
News of Van Graan’s contract extension will come as great news to Munster fans following a string of player contract extensions over the past number of weeks.