The province hope to have a work permit for Van Graan by mid-November to allow him begin a transitional takeover from Rassie Erasmus.
MUNSTER HAVE TODAY confirmed the appointment of Johann van Graan as their new head coach.
The current Springboks assistant coach will replace his compatriot Rassie Erasmus in the southern province with the latter moving home to take up a role as the national team’s director of rugby.
While Van Graan has never held a head coaching position before, he has long been held in high regard by former Leicester and South Africa boss Heyneke Meyer for his tactical brain, detailed analysis and technical coaching ability.
Meyer appointed Van Graan to his backroom team in 2012. The man known as ‘Aap’ has been linked with roles as both forwards coach and interim head coach with Bath in recent seasons. His name was also in the mix when the Blue Bulls were on the hunt for head coach, though with his father Barend positioned as the chief executive of the Bulls, it was probably wise for both parties to avoid such an obviously conflicted path.
The move to Munster doesn’t altogether mean a clean break from South Africa for Van Graan of course. Erasmus will continue to work to hand over duties to Van Graan before taking up his ‘dream job’ back home.