RG Snyman earmarked for February return at Munster

RG Snyman earmarked for February return at Munster

Injured Springbok lock RG Snyman is expected to return to action sooner than anticipated.

The Bok behemoth injured his chest and shoulder in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand in October, which led to surgery back home in South Africa a few weeks later. 

Initially, it was thought the two-time World Cup winner would be sidelined for several months with recovery and rehabilitation. However, Munster head coach Graham Rowntree spoke to the Irish Examiner this week, revealing that Snyman is already back on the training paddock.

"He trained today," confirmed Rowntree on Tuesday.

"His return is going to be a bit sooner potentially than the Zebre game [on March 1]. I think we'll see him in February, exactly when I'm not sure. He's certainly encouraging me, he's doing a lot more in training.

"He's been thoroughly professional and diligent around the group since his news broke and I expect nothing less from the guy, he's been quality for us."

Snyman recently signed a deal with Munster's perennial rivals Leinster from next season. The deal drew the ire of many Munster fans, given the Snyman had been injured for much of his time at the Limerick club.

But Rowntree isn't the type to hold any grudges.

"What's done is done, this is business," continued the former British & Irish Lions player and coach.

"He's made his decision. I'm interested to see what he does for Munster for the rest of the season. I'm sure he'll give it his all."

Munster, who are sitting in 11th in the United Rugby Championship, travel to Llanelli in Wales to face the Scarlets on 16 February. 

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