Sam Warburton makes huge Leinster suggestion that will not go down well with Munster fans
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Former British and Irish Lions and Wales captain Sam Warburton has made an interesting suggestion for Leinster that would certainly not go down well with Munster fans.
Warburton believes Leinster should look to add RG Snyman to their ranks with the World Cup winner set to leave Munster when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Snyman has played just 10 games for Munster since his arrival back in 2020, suffering two season-ending cruciate knee injuries among other issues during his time with the reigning URC champions.
English Premiership side Bath are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature, with the DHL Stormers also said to be monitoring the Springbok’s situation.
Former Boks coach Jacques Nienaber recently joined Leinster’s coaching ranks and Warburton believes it will take time to see his influence, but reckons Snyman would be an “amazing” signing for the Irish side as he believes they need to bolster their pack with some “brute force.”
“[Leinster] fans won’t see a drastic change,” Warburton told RugbyPass when asked about Nienaber influence.
“It takes time to really groove your training drills, the training regime, the messages that you want to get across.
“You might see a five, 10 percent difference in the first few weeks but to see real differences you are probably going to have to give it time. Look at Johann van Graan at Bath, it has taken a year so it takes a lot of time. I don’t think you are going to reinvent the wheel right now.
“You are just going to try and fit into some of the systems that are already in place and just tweak a couple of things… but what I think Leinster need to add is some brute force up front. That is probably what Leinster are missing when it comes to the Champions Cup.
“Someone like an RG Snyman, who looks like he could be going to Bath, that would be an amazing recruitment for someone like Leinster just to add someone of that ilk into their pack.
“We’ll see. For the Leinster fans’ sake, you don’t want to be detrimental to the development of young players but you feel a couple of bolstering players in that pack would be what they need.”
It wouldn’t be the first time a big South African lock went from Munster to Leinster, with Jason Jenkins making the switch not that long ago.