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Van Graan gutted over 'pretty serious' Snyman injury


Munster's RG Snyman. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster's RG Snyman. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster's RG Snyman. Photo: Sportsfile

Munster face an anxious wait to determine the extent of RG Snyman’s knee injury after the South African limped off after just seven minutes of his debut on Saturday.

Snyman landed badly after stealing a Leinster lineout and immediately clutched his knee in agony.

Munster are awaiting results of a scan, but the early indications are that Snyman has suffered what Johann van Graan described as a “pretty serious” injury. The province will be hoping that the problem is not as bad as it looked, but there are real concerns that the recent World Cup winner may have suffered significant ligament damage.

“It looks pretty serious,” a dejected Van Graan said. “I’m gutted myself with possibly losing him now. He himself is pretty disappointed. He worked so hard to get into the position to actually play, was so excited to play. He stole that lineout, it went from absolute athleticism in the air into despair half a second later.”

Snyman wasn’t the only casualty from what were two attritional games on Irish rugby’s weekend return.

Van Graan also lost James Cronin to a groin issue prior to Munster’s enthralling 27-25 defeat to Leinster, while Dave Kilcoyne (ankle) and Jean Kleyn (neck) will also undergo scans, while Leinster winger Dave Kearney pulled his hamstring.

The injuries continued to rack up in Connacht’s 26-20 win over Ulster yesterday. Gavin Thornbury was stretchered off with a head injury. Thankfully, he is said to be recovering well.

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