Rassie Eramus says that his stint as Munster director of rugby has taught him "a hell of a lot, on the field and off the field".

The South African took charge of his final game for the province last night, the 49-6 win over Dragons before departing to take up a role with the Springboks.

The 45-year-old, who will be replaced by compatriot Johann van Graan, led Munster to the semi-final of the Champions Cup and the final of the Pro12 last season, a time in which they also had to deal with the death of coach Anthony Foley.

"I’ve learned a hell of a lot, on the field and off the field," he told RTÉ Sport.

"On the field specifically, it’s just different styles, different pressure, it’s different countries.

"There’s two competitions in on... you play against clubs that have so much money and you have to find a way to still beat them.

"You’ve got supporters here that are really intense and support you right through tough times.

"Then personally, just what happened the last year off the field was also a humbling life-changing experience, a lot of things that I’ve learned about ourselves and family.

"It’s tough; we didn’t plan on leaving after 18 months.

"We certainly settled in the neighbourhood, the people, the neighbours, the management, the players, we’ve made some really tight friends.

"It’s tough to leave friends if you care about them.

"It’s tough to leave a club that’s been awesome to us. It’s sad but everyone has just been supportive."