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“I’ve no problem saying that,”
While the deals are yet to be officially confirmed it’s looking increasingly likely that Munster will complete an incredible double swoop for Springboks duo Damien de Allende and RG Syman ahead of next season.
De Allende starred for South Africa at the Rugby World Cup as the Springboks were crowned world champions for a record-equaling third time, scoring a crucial try against Wales in the semi-final.
He’s regarded as one of the finest centres in the world right now and would be seen as a magnificent coup for any team in Europe – and at just 27, he’s got some of his best years still to come.
Snyman meanwhile is only 24, and stands at almost 6ft 8in. The 18 stone lock was used as a devastating impact sub as part of South Africa’s ‘bomb squad’ that played a huge role in Rassie Erasmus’ side demolishing every pack in sight en route to the Webb Ellis Cup – including England’s in the final.
But with the way the modern game has gone, how are a club like Munster, who do not have the same financial clout as teams in France and England, still attract two world-class players in Snyman and De Allende?
“It’s nothing to do with me [the negotiations] but Munster is a big European club. I’ve no problem saying that,” Munster captain Peter O’Mahony told us this week when we asked him about the potential double swoop.
“I’d love to think that players want to come here and play.
“It’s hard for me to look in because I’m here obviously, but you know looking back when I was a supporter it looks to be a great club from the outside and I’d love to think that players want to come here and play rugby – the style we play, the experience we offer, at home, you see the travelling support we get.”
“I’ve certainly enjoyed my time here and it would be nice to think that other players would want to come and play here too.”
You can’t argue with that. Munster is much more than just a club – and the opportunity to play in front of a sold-out Thomond Park in front of some of the best fans in the world clearly still holds a massive attraction.