Snyman could be on crutches for a long time


RG Snyman is operated on on Friday and according to Graham Rowntree the Springbok lock could be on the crutches list for a long time.

“He hardly gets a break,” Munster coach Graham Rowntree said.

Knee injuries previously kept the 28-year-old lock on the sidelines for some time and he was only able to find his way back to the Bok team with a few good performances in the darts of the previous United Rugby Championship (VRC).

Snyman now suffered a shoulder injury in the World Cup final against the All Blacks at the Stade de France.

“We will wait to hear what the surgeon’s findings are. It will give us a more precise timeline (for his return), but it could be months and not weeks.”

According to Rowntree, the South African deserves an injury-free run.

“In the World Cup tournament he was a force to be reckoned with. It is sad that something like this has to happen now.”

Snyman was ultimately successful with 29 tackles at the rugby spectacle in France, while also keeping defenders on their toes with his strong runs and excellent ball distribution skills.

In addition, he played a decisive role in the semi-final against England. His try late in the second half ushered in the Boks’ revival and together with Ox Nche’s scrum ability and HandrĂ© Pollard’s learned kicking foot, he saw to it that the South Africans won the game 16–15.

The lock – who stands 2.06m in his socks – became part of the Munster set-up in 2020 after previously playing for the Bulls in South Africa and Honda Heat in Japan.