Munster Confirm Rassie Erasmus Set To Poach One Of Their Coaches

On the move.

Munster Rugby have confirmed this morning that Head of Athletic Performance Aled Walters will depart the province in March.

Walters, who has worked across the Munster Rugby strength and conditioning department since 2012, is leaving the province to take charge of a national team’s strength and conditioning programme’, according to a statement on the Munster website.

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However, is understood that Walters is set to take up a role with former Munster Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus and the Springboks in South Africa. Walters, who previously worked in Super Rugby with the Brumbies and with Taranaki in New Zealand, is one of the most popular members of the management team and with his departure set to come as a big loss to the players.

Munster have already had to deal with the premature departure of Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber, with Johann van Graan taking charge at the start of December. Walters has worked under four head coaches with Munster – Rob Penney, the late Anthony Foley, Erasmus and Van Graan.

The province’s team manager Niall O’Donovan said;

“Aled has been an integral member of this backroom team for the past number of seasons, and oversees a great S&C department here within the High Performance Centre where our programmes and processes are well established. 

“We thank Aled for his contribution on and off the field, wishing him all the best with the next chapter.”