Despite reports at the end of Munster's season claiming that director of rugby Rassie Erasmus had informed the players that he would be staying on with the province, it's possible that looming fears of a return to South Africa may become reality sooner than hoped.
According to Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent, Munster are expecting Erasmus to hand in his six-month notice which he is allowed to do due to a clause in his contract similar to that of Pat Lam at Connacht.
Fears are continuing to grow that Rassie Erasmus will not see out the remaining two years of his Munster contract, with the Springboks increasingly confident that they can lure him back into their system.
The Irish Independent understands that Erasmus has triggered the six-months' notice clause in his contract that will allow him return to South Africa to become their director of rugby.
It became clear by April that the SARU were actively looking to bring Rassie Erasmus back into their coaching fold, and had prepared some enticing deals with the future of current head coach Allister Coetzee in doubt.
This would obviously be a big loss for Munster, as although many believed Rassie's return to be inevitable, most were hoping for more than one season at Thomond Park.
To make things worse, the same report also suggests that defence coach Jacques Nienaber will be going with him, and you can read it in full over on Independent.ie