Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan delivered news fans of the southern province will be thrilled to hear following Saturday evening’s last-gasp 25-24 victory over Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.
Reports during the week suggested van Graan might return to his native South Africa to take charge of the Bulls, where he previously worked as a technical adviser for the Blue Bulls with their Vodacom Cup team, before taking a similar role with their Currie Cup side and the Bulls Super Rugby team.
Speaking at the post-game press conference, there was no doubt as to the intentions of the former Bulls’ forwards and attack coach who helped the side win three Super 14 titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010:
“I’m not going back to the Bulls. I signed a contract to the end of June 2020 (with Munster Rugby).”
Commenting on his time so far at Munster, the University of Pretoria graduate said:
“I’m loving every single moment of it. There will always be approaches. There will always be speculation.”
He again reiterated his intention to remain at Munster, stating:
“I’m staying with Munster. I believe in this journey. I believe in our squad. I believe in this club and I’m staying at Munster.”
Van Graan’s father, Barend, is the CEO of the Blue Bulls and former Munster Director of Rugby and current South African Head Coach Rassie Erasmus is part of the committee tasked with finding a coach for the South African side.