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Snyman sends strong message to Bok coaches

SPOTLIGHT: Lock Rudolph Snyman is hoping his recent performances for Munster will catch the attention of the Bok coaching team again.

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The 28-year-old returned to the rugby field in early March after a nightmare period of knee injuries.

More recently he was part of Munster’s tour squad that battled the Stormers and Sharks.

He was one of Munster’s standout performers in a 26-24 win over the Capetonians. He was a menace in the line-outs and his offloading in the tackle gave John Dobson’s side plenty of problems.

He missed the 22-all draw with the Sharks a week later due to return-to-play protocols, but that win in Cape Town was something special for the big man.

“Growing up in Pretoria there would have always been a big rivalry for us, the guys from the south, there’s that north-south rivalry in South Africa as well and so it was a good one for me personally,” he said.

On his performances, Snyman added: “I hope the performances I put in now and every moment I get I want to show I am capable of being back with the Springboks and putting my hand up [for Rugby World Cup selection].”

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Snyman said that trip to South Africa has galvanised the Munster squad ahead of their quarterfinal against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium.

“We’ve sort of come to realise what this team can achieve over in South Africa,” said the Bok lock.

“Now, that brought us all together and it made us realise, ‘OK listen, we can achieve, we can do this’.

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“It strengthened the bond between us and made our eyes open to what we can do as a team together because going over there and playing two great sides, it’s not an easy thing to do in itself.

“The performances and results speak for themselves.

“The way we talk now in our meetings and in the locker room, it’s all about going forward and what can I do to get better, and what can I do to bring the best out of the guy next to me and he feels the same way.

“So, I really think we’ve started to put that together and realise the value in that, and again going back to that South Africa tour there was the realisation ‘OK, we can do this’.”

Source: The Irish Mirror

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