Munster have confirmed that head coach Johann van Graan will leave the province at the end of the season.

Van Graan, who replaced Rassie Erasmus in November 2017, had been offered a two-year contract extension by the province, but has turned down the chance to remain in Limerick.

The news of his departure comes just three weeks after it was confirmed that senior coach Stephen Larkham would also be vacating his role, with the 1999 World Cup-winning Wallaby returning to Australia to his former club Brumbies.

Van Graan's next destination has not been revealed, but he has recently been linked with a move to struggling Premiership side Bath.

In a statement released through the province, the head coach says he had been close to renewing his deal, before a change of heart.

"While I was at advanced stages in the contract process earlier this year, I took a step back and reconsidered my options, prioritising what's best for my family, myself, and Munster Rugby," the South African said

"My family and I settled well into life here, this is our home, and in an ideal world we would love to continue living in Limerick, but I’ve been looking at the bigger picture.

"After arriving during the 2017/18 season, I am now into my fifth season with this group and in putting Munster first I believe it’s the right decision for me to call time on my contribution and step away at the end of this season.

"While we have achieved so much together, and still have over six months of the season remaining, I wanted any uncertainty about my future addressed as early as possible.

"Working with this coaching team, staff, and players we are always striving to do our best for Munster Rugby, and nothing will change on that front.

"It has been an incredible journey and I’m hugely proud of this group for everything we have done to-date knowing there is so much more to come as we move towards the business end of the season."

The former Springbok forwards coach will look to end the province's 11-year trophy drought before departing at the end of the season.

In his four seasons to date, Van Graan has brought Munster to three URC semi-finals, as well as the decider in 2021, where they were beaten by eventual champions Leinster on each occasion.

He also suffered semi-final defeat in the Heineken Champions Cup in 2018 and 2019, to Racing 92 and Saracens respectively.

The province have not given clarity over the future of defence coach JP Ferreira or scrum coach Graham Rowntree.

Ferreira was recruited by Van Graan shortly after his arrival in Ireland in 2017, while Rowntree arrived at the province in 2019 following the departure of Jerry Flannery.

Both are believed to have been offered new contracts.