Munster confirm Johann van Graan to leave at the end of the season

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is to leave his role at the end of the season, the province have confirmed.

The South African’s current contract at Thomond Park expires in June 2022, and he has decided not to sign a two-year extension.

Van Graan joined Munster in November 2017, taking over from compatriot and current Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

The 41-year-old is the second-longest serving Munster head coach of the professional era, after Tony McGahan.

During his four-year tenure so far he has guided Munster to two Champions Cup semi-finals, three league semi-finals, and this year’s Pro14 final.

Silverware however remains elusive, and Van Graan will be hoping he can end his spell in Limerick with a trophy at the end of the season.

In a statement, he said: “While I was at advanced stages in the contract process earlier this year, I took a step back and reconsidered my options, prioritising what’s best for my family, myself, and Munster Rugby.

“My family and I settled well into life here, this is our home, and in an ideal world we would love to continue living in Limerick, but I’ve been looking at the bigger picture.

“After arriving during the 2017/18 season, I am now into my fifth season with this group and in putting Munster first I believe it’s the right decision for me to call time on my contribution and step away at the end of this season.

“While we have achieved so much together, and still have over six months of the season remaining, I wanted any uncertainty about my future addressed as early as possible.

“Working with this coaching team, staff, and players we are always striving to do our best for Munster Rugby, and nothing will change on that front.

“It has been an incredible journey and I’m hugely proud of this group for everything we have done to-date knowing there is so much more to come as we move towards the business end of the season.”

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