Munster set to announce Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus as pressure grows on Anthony Foley

The province will hold a press conference to confirm the appointment of their new director of rugby

Anthony Foley, Munster,

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It has been a disappointing season for Munster on the pitch, and with their hopes of qualifying for the Champions Cup now under threat, CEO Garrett Fitzgerald will face the media on Monday.

It is expected that Fitzgerald will announce that the club have brought in Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus as the new director of rugby. 

The move is one that has been on the radar for some time, with head coach Anthony Foley having to face questions from the media on the possibility of Paul O'Connell being included in the new set-up, which now looks as though it won't come to pass. 

According to The Independent, Erasmus is likely to try and bring in Jacques Nienaber to join him at Munster, which could see a number of the backroom staff at the province moving on. 

However, the pressure on Foley has also been noted in the shake-up, despite the fact that the former player signed an extension to his contract back in March. 

Reports from South Africa in The Sunday Times claim that Erasmus was inline to replace Foley as head coach, while the addition of his long-time colleague Nienaber, who the South African Rugby Union (SARU) are trying to keep a hold of, may make things even more difficult. 

Erasmus will become the province's first director of rugby, and most recently worked as the general manager of SARU's high performance unit. He also has coaching experience at the Cheetahs, the Stormers and Western Province, and was one of the names in the frame to replace Heyneke Meyer before pulling out of the process.