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Bok star out 'until March'

NEWS: Munster head coach Graham Rowntree is expecting Springbok lock RG Snyman to return to the playing field in March next year in a “worst-case scenario”.

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Snyman suffered a chest/shoulder injury in the Boks’ 12-11 win over the All Blacks in the World Cup Final and he underwent surgery in South Africa after the side returned home from France.

The 28-year-old has returned to Munster’s training base in Limerick for rehab and his role on the field is set to be limited once again.

Snyman is no stranger to big injuries over the last few seasons. In his time with Munster, he had two major knee surgeries.

On Monday, Munster confirmed that the South African lock will look for a new playing opportunity upon the completion of his contract at the end of the season.

“He has been great around our group,” Rowntree told Irish media on Tuesday.

“He is in our leadership group. He has had his injury woes and been through some dark times. For him to be able to lift a trophy at the end of last season with all his mates was fantastic and I wish him all the best.

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“He has got unfinished business with us. Probably not going to be able to see him until March. I’m planning for the worst-case scenario, that will be March, but he still has a big role to play.

“He has a big job to do for us before he leaves.”

Meanwhile, there is good news for Peter O’Mahony (shoulder) and Jack O’Donoghue (ankle) after they sustained injuries against the Stormers.

O’Mahony and O’Donoghue are unavailable for this weekend but both injuries are not expected to keep them out long-term.

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The news is less positive for Jack Daly as he suffered an ankle injury at training last week and will undergo surgery this week.

Source: Irish Examiner

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