Sunday 21 October 2018

Kleyn is unsure who to shout for

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Declan Rooney

Munster lock Jean Kleyn says he will have divided loyalties as his native South Africa face his adopted home in Ireland at the Aviva Stadium next week.

Kleyn is in the second year of his time as a Munster player and will become Irish-qualified in September 2019, which could see him facing his homeland one day.

Kleyn will be at the game next Saturday, but he is a little torn as to what shade of green to shout for.

"I'll definitely be at the Springboks match I'm looking forward to that, I think it is going to be an exceptional game," said Kleyn. "It's a divided game for me. I'll be rooting for a lot of the players rather than either team."

A former player with the Stormers and Western Province, Kleyn (24) will get a close look at some of his former team-mates, but he thinks the Springboks' form is a touch erratic right now.

"A couple of the guys are in the squad and a couple of them made it recently.

"I had no idea what to expect at home to the All Blacks and they almost pulled the win through. They concede 50 one day and then almost beat them so I don't know.

"I think they are an exceptional squad of players if they find their rhythm and I think they are going to be an exceptional team in the years to come."

Of added interest to Kleyn and the rest of the Munster players will be the involvement of their new head coach, Johann van Graan, whose fingerprints are all over this South African side.

"He seems to be an exceptional coach, and a very intelligent fellow. This will be the first time working with him but I am really looking forward to that.

"When you have got a quality coach leaving a place there are going to be people unhappy in South Africa and there are other people that accept it and wish him the best of luck."

Irish Independent

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