Bath have confirmed that Munster's Johann van Graan will take over as their new head coach next season.

It comes a day after the South African announced he would be departing the Irish side in June.

Last night it emerged that Van Graan had signed a contract extension with Munster in August, before activating a break clause which effectively allowed him to cancel the new deal.

This afternoon, Bath confirmed the former Springbok assistant would become their new coach next season, working alongside director of rugby Stuart Hooper.

The Premiership side say the Munster coach has agreed a "long term deal" at the Rec.

"I am hugely excited for the opportunity to join Bath for the 2022/23 season," the South African said.

"I see huge potential in this club, the players, coaches and staff. I am coming to Bath to work with everyone, and to achieve great success with everyone at the club.

"This is an exciting next step for me as a coach, and for my family in moving to a proud club and a true rugby city."

Director of rugby, Stuart Hooper added: "Johann is a phenomenal coach with a proven track record of developing teams to be successful on the pitch.

"He has experienced winning rugby environments at the very highest level of the game and knows exactly what it takes.

"We have an outstanding and committed group of players and staff here at the club; Johann’s experience will add significantly to this."

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