Johann van Graan was inevitably quizzed in the post-match press conference on the reports originating from South Africa last week which linked him to a return to Super Rugby side The Bulls.
The Bulls are currently looking for a replacement for John Mitchell, who took up a new role in Eddie Jones’ England set-up as their new defence coach following the departure of Paul Gustard to Harlequins.
It was reported that van Graan was on a shortlist along with Gloucester head coach, Johan Ackermann and Southern Kings head coach, Deon Davids, to replace Mitchell.
Of course, this is the last thing Munster supporters wanted to hear, with the messy departure of Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber from the club still leaving a sour taste in the mouth of some of the Red Army.
However, van Graan allayed those fears as he denied that he would be returning to the Pretoria-based franchise where he spent time coaching in the past.
“I’m not going back to the Bulls. I signed a contract until the end of June 2020 with Munster. I’m loving every single moment of it,” van Graan said firmly.
“You’ll always have approaches, there will always be speculation. I’m staying at Munster and I believe in this journey.
“I believe in our squad and I believe in this club and I’m staying in Munster.”
Van Graan and his team will depart for South Africa today for their clash with the Cheetahs on Sunday.