Springboks

De Villiers: Munster a 'big challenge' for Van Graan

2017-11-09 11:21
Johann van Graan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers believes that Johann van Graan will have his hands full at new club Munster.

Van Graan will be vacating his role as Springbok assistant coach after next weekend's Test against France in Paris before heading off to Munster to take over as head coach. 

De Villiers, who played for Munster for a single season in 2009/10, expressed the importance of Van Graan getting to know the team culture at his new club. 

It will be the first time that Van Graan operates as a head coach.

"I think it's a big challenge for him," De Villiers was quoted as saying on the Irish Independent website.

"It will be his first head coaching job but he has built up a lot of experience from working with the Bulls and the Springboks now for six years.

"I think what you learn at that level really stands you in good stead for a head coaching job. In the last four years when I was with the 'Boks, he did the majority of the on-field coaching."

De Villiers added that Munster should consider bringing in a more experienced coach to partner Van Graan, who will be replacing new SA Rugby Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus at the club. 

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