The love and hate relationship is always a problem on site – Munster

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May 20, 2020, 09:32

Munster was always a controversial club over the last seven years  when it came to discussion in board of foreign  clubs in this site Munster probably topped  the list and the question is why?

It all started in 2012 when Stander was ignored by Meyer – who had serious selection deficiency problems  - decided that CJ Stander was a not a  test level player and the chorus started .   The anti-Stander brigade slated him  in match after match and the discussion really became vicious after Stander was selected  to play for Ireland.

So the next step with Munster was that Erasmus was appointed as Director of Rugby,   That was controversial too according to some on site.   When their Chief Coach died suddenly Ersmus took over the Chief Coach  as well,    Erasmus was as the Irish called him the “miracle man” and Munster did very well and Erasmus became Guinness Top 14 Coach of the Year,

After the wheels came off the  rails iro the Meyer coaching stint, one of his Assistants – Johan van Graan’s  contract only ended in 2017 and that was when he was picked by Munster to succeed  Foley as Chief Coach of Munster to replace Foley.


In early 2018 the panic of SARC was in full force and the  President and CEO flew  to Ireland to plead with Erasmus to come back and save SA rugby,   Van Graan took over as Munster  Director of Rugby and Chief Coach.     Van Graan must have learnt a lot from Erasmus in the more or less six months he was together with  Erasmus.   Unlike his previous boss at SA Rugby – Meyer – Van Graan was successful as coach at Munster and Meyer was fired by Stade Francais.

So now Van Graan was instrumental  in getting RG Snyman and Damian De Allende  contracted by Munster.  De Allende was the best center in the WC and RG was a to class lock in the series.    So now we have Van Graan, CJ Stander, De Allende  and Snyman to discuss  at Munster, while after the demise of Stade Francais and Ackerman’s  departure from Gloucester there are only the following NH  clubs that SA has a real interest in:-

*     Munster in Ireland

*     Montpellier, Toulon and Toulouse in France

*     Sake Sharks in England.   

*     Edinburgh in Scotland


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