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Van Graan adds another dimension


By Sinead Kinnane

Johann van Graan has been a busy man.

After finishing with the Springboks following their November Test against France, Van Graan flew straight to Cork and drove to Limerick to start life as the new Munster head coach.

Van Graan has packed a lot in since taking over from Rassie Erasmus last November.

Along with guidance from Felix Jones and Jerry Flannery, the way Van Graan stitched through the transition from Erasmus to himself was by not making too many alterations.

"I believe you've got two ears and one mouth in life and for the first two months I'd like to listen as much as I can," Van Graan said last November. "We will speed up one or two things but it will be about enhancing over the next seven months."

Compared to Erasmus, Van Graan has a far more hands-on role with players at training.

"He's so different to Rassie in terms of his outlook and everything," Billy Holland said ahead of their encounter in Bordeaux with Racing 92 tomorrow.

"I think Johann has added another dimension to our game. I suppose the big thing with Johann is that he didn't come in and try to change everything.

"There's probably plenty of things he'd still like to change about us but he knows he can't do it mid-season."

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