Sunday 17 November 2019

Munster confirm they are in 'advanced discussions' to sign star Springbok duo

Damian de Allende and RG Snyman are set to join Munster ahead of the 2020/21 season. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Damian de Allende and RG Snyman are set to join Munster ahead of the 2020/21 season. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Munster have confirmed that they are closing in on the signing of South African World Cup-winning duo Damian de Allende and RG Snyman.

As reported yesterday by Cian Tracey on Independent.ie, Munster are set to significantly boost their playing squad with the arrival of two world class talents in 2020.

Centre de Allende was one of the World Cup's top performers, while second row Snyman played a key role off the bench for Rassie Erasmus' men.

Speaking about the impending moves, Munster head coach Johann van Graan confirmed that the province is closing in on a blockbuster double signing.

"We are in advanced discussions with both players, but there are no contracts signed at this stage," van Graan said.

"We are confident there will be a commitment in the future, subject to conditions, but at this stage no contracts have been signed and we have nothing official to confirm."

Munster had been given permission by the IRFU to sign an international centre after former Springbok midfielder Jaco Taute left for Leicester Tigers at the end of last season and De Allende had long been ear-marked as their primary target.

Erasmus' connection with the club as well as van Graan having previously worked with the Boks has played a key role in engineering both moves.

27-year old De Allende is believed to have signed a two-year deal with Snyman expected to pen a similar contract.

The centre, who has spent the last six years playing with the Stormers, will play in Japan with Panasonic Wild Knights for the season ahead before moving to Limerick next summer.

Snyman (24) is a product of the Bulls, the same club that van Graan built his reputation with before moving to the international setup.

Like De Allende, Snyman is currently contracted to a Japanese club and the powerful lock will play with Honda Heat until his expected move to Munster.

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