CONFIRMED: Bok duo join Munster
TRANSFER NEWS: After numerous reports, Munster Rugby and the IRFU finally revealed that Damian de Allende and RG Snyman will join the province at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
The Springboks pair along with Matt Gallagher have signed two-year contracts that will see them remain with Munster Rugby until at least June 2022.
The World Cup-winning duo of De Allende and Snyman are both currently playing in the Japanese Top League, while Matt Gallagher is with Saracens.
Centre De Allende played a leading role in South Africa’s World Cup-winning campaign starting six of his seven appearances. It was in the knock-out stages against Japan and Wales that Damian scored his respective tries. His attacking form was equally matched by a physical defensive display as he made his presence felt at every stage with a huge work rate from midfield.
From Cape Town, the 28-year-old has made 47 appearances for the Springboks, scoring six tries. Currently playing with the Panasonic Wild Knights, he previously played for the Stormers and was voted South African Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2015.
Snyman also featured in every game of South Africa’s successful World Cup campaign, producing a man of the match performance against Canada. The imposing lock is highly regarded for his athleticism, ball-handling skills and towering presence in the lineout.
A product of the Bulls, the 25-year-old has made 23 appearances for South Africa and will make the move from Japanese club Honda Heat at the start of the new season.
Playing full-back, or on the wing, Gallagher has made 45 appearances for Saracens, scoring 9 tries. A former Saracens Academy Player of the Year, the 23-year-old was part of the England U20s World Championship-winning side in 2016.
Hailing from London, Matt is Irish qualified as his paternal grandfather and grandmother are from Derry and Limerick respectively. In December he lined out against the province in the round three Champions Cup encounter at Thomond Park.
Commenting on the new signings, Head Coach Johann van Graan said, “From a business point of view I am really pleased that Munster Rugby has secured the calibre of these players. In terms of Damian and RG, it’s testament to the worldwide standing of this club that two World Cup-winning Springboks will arrive here next summer.
“On a personal level I know them both very well and in addition to being world-class athletes they are great men. They will add value to everything we are striving to achieve at Munster, and I know our supporters will be eagerly looking forward to their arrival.
“Equally, getting Matt on board is fantastic for our backline options. He is an exciting young talent that can play in a number of positions and is from a great rugby pedigree.”
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