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Munster’s RG Snyman opens up on year of injuries, flames, death and heartbreak

RG Snyman

Munster and South Africa lock RG Snyman has opened up on a difficult year, after he suffered another major injury setback.

Snyman faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Munster’s win against Scarlets, having suffered the same injury in August last year.

The World Cup-winning Springboks lock made his return from injury just last month against the Sharks, but he is now expected to miss the remainder of the season.

The 26-year-old was speaking to South African publication Rapport about the challenges he has faced over the last year and vowed to come back stronger.

‘I’ll come back stronger and better.

“It’s been a rollercoaster in terms of emotion and disappointment. Every time I have something going for me, there’s a setback,” Snyman said.

“This year I’ve had to deal with injuries, disappointment, flames, death and heartbreak.

“Fortunately, I’m a positive person. I won’t let this get me down. I’ll come back stronger and better.”

RG Snyman’s troubled time.

South Africa international Snyman looked to be a brilliant signing for Munster ahead of the 2020/21 season, having won the 2019 Rugby World Cup with his country.

Snyman was a member of the Springboks’ famed “bomb squad”, coming on late in most matches along with fellow giant South African forwards to overwhelm opposition teams as they began to tire.

The towering lock has managed to play just four matches for Munster since making his debut for the province in August 2020 and could now have to wait almost a year to make a fifth appearance.

The 26-year-old looked to be in with a chance of playing for South Africa against the British and Irish Lions this summer, but a fire pit accident with Munster teammates earlier this year meant that Snyman required skin graft surgery, which further lengthened his time away from the game.

Snyman is a world class player when fit, and showed what he is capable of for Munster against the Stormers recently, but he has played very little rugby since winning the World Cup two years ago.

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