Emotional Rassie says goodbye to Munster
REACTION: An emotional Johan Erasmus said goodbye to Munster over the weekend before he heads back to South Africa to take up the post of SA Rugby's Director of Rugby.
Former Springboks forwards coach Johann van Graan will take over from Erasmus at Munster next week. Last Friday's 49-6 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons was Erasmus' last in charge of the Irish province.
"I've definitely enjoyed my time here," Erasmus said in an interview on independent.ie. "This has been the best 18 months of my life, not just in rugby. I've learned so much from Irish people.
"I will treasure these days for the rest of my life. And the performance was wonderful to sign off with.
"It is going to be hard to leave Ireland because this country has been good to myself and [defence coach] Jacques Nienaber. He doesn't always get the chance to talk to the media but he feels that too.
"We have been on our own together this week and we have shared so many memories.
"I've learned so much here. The players have showed me what professionalism means, the Munster culture is amazing. It is a privilege for them and not just their jobs.
"Irish sides all have that, they may not have 400 players but they have 160 quality players and that is why they set the standard.
"The supporters here are passionate and always support you in a tough time and I would like to be a fan like that. I've learned a lot.
"Munster have always been a great club, they just had a couple of shaky years. We've done lots of things to move into the future, changing to one training centre and it bodes well for the future."