Jean Kleyn has received a call-up from the Springboks.
Five-cap Ireland international Jean Kleyn has received a call-up from the Springboks as they prepare for next month’s Rugby Championship and September’s World Cup.
Kleyn’s place in the South Africa training squad is subject to clearance from World Rugby, but it could see the Munster second row face Ireland in the World Cup pool stage.
The 29-year-old was selected ahead of Devin Toner for the 2019 World Cup in Japan but hasn’t featured for Ireland since then.
As a three-year stand down period is necessary to return to your birth country under World Rugby rules, the 6’8 bruiser is therefore eligible for Jacques Nienaber’s men.
Congrats to Jean Kleyn who may, pending approval, join RG Snyman in the Springbok training squad ahead of the Rugby Championship 👏
More info ⤵#SUAF 🔴
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) June 10, 2023
Kleyn reacts to Springboks call-up.
Jean Kleyn future.
The news could have implications for Kleyn’s provincial career with Munster, however.
Munster already have Non-Irish-Qualified second row RG Snyman on their books and there are fears whether the IRFU will sanction the presence of two South African locks at one province.
And, with the lure of the Irish international team no longer a factor, perhaps Kleyn could be persuaded to return to a South African team in the near future.