Springbok and Munster second row RG Snyman is finally closing in on his return from injury, which has severely hampered his time in Ireland.
The World Cup winner has played just four games for Munster in the last two years as he suffered a cruciate knee injury before the 2021 fire incident kept the towering Springbok sidelined for longer.
Return to light training
Snyman would then re-rupture his ACL, an injury that has kept him out since October 2021. However, despite the slight setback, the 27-year-old has now returned to light training with hopes of returning for the second half of the season.
Munster teammate Jean Kleyn praised Snyman’s positivity and resilience in the face of a nightmare injury scenario.
“I really can’t praise the man more highly,” Kleyn said. “He’s had two years of hell in terms of not only his injuries, but the family bereavement, also being away from home during all of this.
“I think it says a lot about his character that he still comes in every day, with a big smile on his face, always on. He’s been attending meetings for the last two years and is still trying to add even though he knows he’s been out for six or eight months – apparently it was six to eight months ago.
“There’s not one guy who isn’t excited to have him as part of the team and back in training, back on the field. He’s a guy who has slotted in incredibly well from the start, he’s an incredibly likable guy.
“His resilience is crazy. I have never met a guy who has been through more and kept a more positive mindset. It’s stunning. I would say if I was in the same position, I would just throw in the towel.
“Nothing seems to be able to hold him back for too long. He’s a phenomenal guy.
“We are all very much looking forward to seeing him back on the field.
“He was involved during the warm-up and some skills today and you can just tell the man is just an athlete. He is a 6′10″, 135-pound athlete, which is intimidating. So we’re all looking forward to seeing him back on. He will be a great asset to the team.”
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