New Munster Director of Coaching Rassie Erasmus is looking forward to a fruitful first season with the province.
The 43-year-old South African and won 36 caps for the Springboks, took up his new role at the start of the month, having worked as the High Performance General Manager with the South AfricanRugby Union since 2012.
And though Erasmus has only had a couple of weeks to get accustomed to life in Ireland, he seems hugely impressed by the attitude and approach of his new charges.
“Yes, I think Munster has a special category of people and players,” he told munsterrugby.ie
“We all followed them in the great times and we all followed them in the times when it wasn’t so great.
“There was always an aura about the club that you wanted to be part of it. Every single person I spoke to about Munster had enjoyed their involvement.”
And he revealed that Cork’s Musgrave Park played host to one of the most memorable moments in his rugby playing career.
“My first ever game for South Africa was an A game in Cork. It was the first time I got that Springbok jersey and it was on the same day that Keith Wood made his debut for Ireland.”
So far, Erasmus is confident there will be a special bond within the squad. “From what I have seen over the last month, the basic fundamentals are there,” he said.
“Without doubt, there is a talent in the squad and it is really great.
“The work ethic is there and there is a special kind of guy who wants to do it for the right reasons.
“Obviously, however, it will take some time for me to know them really well.
“It’s a role that hasn’t been there before, so we can mould it into what’s the best for Munster. That’s what the whole last month was about, aligning our philosophy on and off the field.”
The 2016 Kearys Renault Series will see Munster play their first games under Rassie and his management team, welcoming Zebre to the Waterford RSC on Friday, August 19 before facing former favourite Donncha O’Callaghan and the Worcester Warriors at Musgrave Park in Cork the following Friday.
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