Munster Set To Add To Current Coaching Ticket In Key Area
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Munster head coach Johann van Graan has revealed the province are currently looking to add to their coaching ticket ahead of next season, while also working hard to retain what they currently have.
The South African recently signed a contract extension with the province, with the next priority being making sure Felix Jones and Jerry Flannery sign on to stay with him.
Next in line then is possibility of adding another person to his ticket – something that has been mooted for quite some time.
“I said over the last three weeks, it is crucial for me that we keep all of our staff within Munster and then possibly add somebody from the outside. As soon as we’ve got any news we will make an announcement.” van Graan said yesterday.
But what exactly is van Graan looking for? It seems an attack coach is top of the agenda. And it’s easy to see why with Munster having one of the best defences in Europe this season, but lacking hugely at times in attack.
“I think we can improve in all areas of the game,” said van Graan.
“It is not the time to speak about it now, we can speak about it post-season, but I think the game has moved forward again so much over the last year, you’ve just got to look at World Cup cycles.
“After the World Cups, mostly the attack gets favoured and the closer it gets to a World Cup defence seems to be on top.
“You’ve just got to look at the game of rugby at this stage, look at what happened in the Six Nations, look what happened in the two [European] semi-finals – it’s pressure games, it’s aerial game, it’s field position – and after World Cups it seems to be more of an attacking game.
“Maybe that is an indication as to where, I believe, the game is going.”
Who would you like to see Munster bring in? Could this be a perfect opportunity to bring Ronan O’Gara back to the province? The Corkman has worked closely with the Crusaders’ attack for the last couple of seasons with some fantastic results.