Snyman staying put in Ireland after signing for Leinster

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Springbok Rugby player RG Snyman greets the crowd at the FNB Stadium as part of the trophy parade after the Springbok team won the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, 02 November 2023. The Springboks won back to back Rugby World Cups and are the only team to have won four titles. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

South African back-to-back Rugby World Cup winning lock, RG Snyman, will move to United Rugby Championship champions, Leinster, from Irish rivals Munster next season.

The second rower signed for Munster in 2020, but his time in Limmerick has been affected by injuries, and he is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Snyman appeared six times off the bench for South Africa at this year’s World Cup in France, as the Springboks beat New Zealand 12-11 in the final to secure a record fourth title.

Munster announced last month that Snyman would be leaving the club at the end of the current season, but did not say which club he would be joining.

“After careful consideration of all offers presented, the Leinster opportunity was the one I decided on,” Snyman said in a statement from the Dublin-based club.

“It is an invitation that allows me to continue to stay part of a world class high performance rugby set-up. It also enables my wife and I to stay in Ireland.

“I will continue to be challenged to my utmost limit to improve my game and hopefully contribute to improve the club,” he added.

Snyman will also be reunited with compatriot Jacques Nienaber, who took over as Leinster head coach after leading a successful defence of South Africa’s World Cup crown.

RG Snyman of South Africa during the 2023 Rugby World Cup South Africa Arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg on the 31 October 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Written by: Ntsako Mukhari

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