Erasmus appointed Munster's director of rugby

Former Springbok Johan Erasmus has been appointed director of rugby at Pro12 side Munster.

Munster - three-time winners of Pro12 - confirmed Erasmus' three-year deal on Monday, which will commence on July 1.

The 43-year-old - a 36-cap international with South Africa - had been working as general manager of high performance at South African Rugby since 2012.

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

"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."

Munster are seventh in the Pro12 standings after 20 matches with two regular-season games remaining.

The Irish team went down 35-14 to second-placed Connacht on Saturday.

"We are delighted to announce Rassie Erasmus as Munster Rugby's Director of Rugby. In recruiting Rassie we are securing the services of a world-class individual who was the stand out candidate for this newly created position," said Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald.

"In addition to his extensive playing and coaching experience Rassie's current role has afforded him the opportunity to develop his skill-set further, garnering invaluable knowledge and expertise while implementing an all-encompassing rugby programme which will be key to this role."

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