Van Graan will be missed, says Pollard

2017-11-20 20:40
Johann van Graan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard paid tribute to former assistant coach Johann van Graan as he heads off to Irish club Munster.

The Springboks gave Van Graan the perfect send off as they pulled off a narrow 18-17 win against France in their Test match at Stade de France on Saturday.

Van Graan is joining Munster as head coach, replacing incoming Springbok Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus.

READ: Day 1 as Rassie reports for SA Rugby duty

Pollard, who played in his first start since the 2015 World Cup, went to Instagram to post a short but sweet message to Van Graan, writing: "'Memories is all we have' Johan Van Graan. You will be missed!"

Van Graan will not be with the Springboks for the remainder of the European Tour, bringing to an end a coaching stint that goes all the way back to 2011.

He will take charge of Munster for the first time in their PRO14 clash when they travel to Italy to take on Zebre on Sunday (15:30 SA time).

Munster have won five of their opening eight fixtures this season and currently sit second on the PRO14 log.

“Memories is all we have” Johan Van Graan. You will be missed!

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