Bok centre comes clean on fire pit 'explosion'
REACTION: Springbok centre Damian de Allende has opened up on the fire pit incident, which left him and fellow Bok RG Snyman with burns ahead of the British and Irish Lions series.
On Monday Munster revealed that De Allende and Snyman along with Munster club teammates CJ Stander and Mike Haley required treatment after being involved in a ‘fire pit accident’.
In an interview with Supersport, De Allende revealed that they suffered the burns from an explosion, which had been caused by a teammate throwing petrol on a fire.
According to Munster’s injury report, Haley and Stander, who sustained burns to their hands, may return to training this week with availability for Friday’s game reviewed as the week progresses.
However, De Allende and Snyman, who sustained more substantial burns to legs, hands and face, will not take part in their respective training and rehabilitation programmes.
“We were just sitting around the fire and one of the boys threw a bit of petrol over the fire and then it caught his hand and he just tried to put it down on the floor and then the whole thing caught alight and exploded,” De Allende told SuperSport.
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De Allende added that it could have been a lot worse.
“Yeah, that’s what we’ve been saying, they thought it was a lot worse when we went into hospital on Saturday night but when we saw the specialist on Sunday, he said it wasn’t as bad as they got told,” De Allende added.
“We should be okay in a few weeks hopefully.”
De Allende and Snyman were included in Jacques Nienaber’s 46-man squad on Saturday.
Source: Supersport & @Munsterrugby