Springbok World Cup winner to make comeback after injury hell
All Munster and South Africa fans, or indeed any fan around the world really, will be delighted to see that lock RG Snyman is set to make his return to action this Friday after successive knee injuries.
The World Cup winning lock has played just a matter of minutes since August 2020 when he first ruptured his ACL seven minutes into his Munster debut against Leinster. He suffered a reoccurrence of that same injury at the beginning of last season, and has been on the sidelines ever since. But he has been named on Munster’s bench tomorrow ahead of their United Rugby Championship meeting with the Scarlets at Musgrave Park.
Snyman could now have a huge say in Munster’s season, with the province currently sitting in fifth place in the URC and with a round of 16 clash with the Sharks in the Heineken Champions Cup on the horizon. Beyond Munster, there is of course a World Cup looming as well.
Munster XV: Patrick Campbell, Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Malakai Fekitoa, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Paddy Patterson, Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron, Roman Salanoa; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue (CAPT), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Mark Donnelly, Keynan Knox, RG Snyman, Alex Kendellen, Ethan Coughlan, Jack Crowley, Jack O’Sullivan
Scarlets XV: Johnny McNicholl, Tom Rogers, Joe Roberts, Ioan Nicholas, Steff Evans, Sam Costelow, Dane Blacker, Kemsley Mathias, Shaun Evans, Sam Wainwright, Vaea Fifita, Sam Lousi, Josh Macleod (CAPT), Dan Davis, Sione Kalamafoni
Replacements: Taylor Davies, Steff Thomas, Javan Sebastian, Morgan Jones, Carwyn Tuipulotu, Gareth Davies, Dan Jones, Johnny Williams
Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “It is a big test and it is something we need. We have been on a good run, but there are not many bigger tests than going to Munster. I am looking forward to it as a coach, the players are looking forward to it, we need to see where we are at. Like us, Munster have really hit form and are playing well.