Munster unveil Johan Erasmus as their new director of rugby

South African signs up for three years

Munster unveil Johan Erasmus as their new director of rugby

Johan Erasmus © INPHO/Billy Stickland

Munster have confirmed Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus as the province's new director of rugby.

The former South Africa international will take up the role on a three-year deal starting this July.

The 43-year-old wwon 36 caps for the Springboks and is currently General Manager High Performance of South African rugby, a position he has held since 2012.

"It is a huge honour to have been appointed by Munster Rugby in the newly created role of Director of Rugby," said Erasmus.

"It is an opportunity which comes with a huge responsibility not only to the club who has a proud 137-year history, but also the supporters and the wider community.

"It is a challenge which I humbly accepted but with a clear desire to use all my past experience as a player, coach and administrative High Performance manager, to make Munster Rugby one of the top rugby clubs in Europe."

He continued: "I would also like to thank my colleagues at SA Rugby, and specifically the CEO, Jurie Roux, for affording me the opportunity to serve in the role of General Manager for the High Performance over the last 4 years. It was truly an honour to work in an environment where innovation and pushing the boundaries of acceptable norms were encouraged. I have learnt a great deal from my experiences in the last 5 years and trust that the organisation under its current leadership will achieve great things on and off the field.

"The decision was ultimately a personal one which I made with my family in what we believe is the right time and without a doubt the best Club to experience something different as part of our personal goals we have set.”