Injury-plagued Springbok lock drops promising video
South Africa and Munster lock RG Synman is gradually getting closer and closer to a return to action after over a year out with an ACL rupture.
The 2019 World Cup winner has had one of the worst injury runs the game has ever seen ever since joining Munster in 2020. Just minutes into his debut with the province he picked up an ACL injury against Leinster in August 202, which ruled him out of the entire season.
The 27-year-old made his return to action at the beginning of the 2021/22 United Rugby Championship season, only to suffer a re-rupture of his ACL. He has been sidelined since then, suffering setback after setback.
Though he was initially expected to return in early 2023, those hopes were cooled recently by Munster, who expect Snyman to return to action in March. Nevertheless, the 23-cap lock provided a positive update recently on Instagram, showing him running and jumping. Crucially, he shared a clip of himself jumping from a platform, which is how he initially picked up his injury as he came down from a lineout. These are therefore promising signs in his recovery.
He wrote alongside the video: “Running into 2023 with everything I have!
Been making some good progress over the last few weeks with my rehab after a tough 2022. Really excited for what’s to come.”
Take a look at the video:
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The question all South Africa fans will be asking is whether Snyman will have long enough to work his way into contention to make the World Cup should he return in March. He will obviously need a long time to get back into the swing of things given how long he has been out and the severity of his injury, but there is also a lot of rugby to be played between now and September, where South Africa will seek to defend the Webb Ellis Cup.