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RG Synman, Eben Etzebeth and Faf de Klerk. image via Instagram @rgsnyman

Leinster join the race to sign Springbok lock

Leinster have been told that they need an enforcer and could be set to step into the race to sign a Springbok star.

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RG Synman, Eben Etzebeth and Faf de Klerk. image via Instagram @rgsnyman

Leinster have been urged to sign double Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok lock RG Snyman.

Will Leinster join the race to sign Springbok

Former Wales international Sam Warburton believes Leinster need a big second row presence and Snyman fits the bill.

“[Leinster] fans won’t see a drastic change,” Warburton said about Nienaber. “It takes time to really groove your training drills, the training regime, the messages that you want to get across.

“You might see a five, 10 percent difference in the first few weeks but to see real differences you are probably going to have to give it time. Look at Johann van Graan at Bath, it has taken a year so it takes a lot of time. I don’t think you are going to reinvent the wheel right now.

“You are just going to try and fit into some of the systems that are already in place and just tweak a couple of things… but what I think Leinster need to add is some brute force up front. That is probably what Leinster are missing when it comes to the Champions Cup.

“Someone like an RG Snyman, who looks like he could be going to Bath, that would be an amazing recruitment for someone like Leinster just to add someone of that ilk into their pack.

“We’ll see. For the Leinster fans’ sake, you don’t want to be detrimental to the development of young players but you feel a couple of bolstering players in that pack would be what they need.

“Your [Will] Skeltons, your RG Snymans, that kind of player just to stick in your front five to get you over the finish line.”

The Stormers are also chasing Snyman but their hopes hinge on securing the cash-injection promised by their new equity partners.

According to reports, Red Disa, the new equity partners of Western Province Rugby, are aiming to entice the Springbok back to South Africa with a tempting offer of R13 million, or around £550,000. Because Snyman is a Player of National Interest, which means the governing body will pay a share of his wage – maybe up to R9 million.

Last month, Snyman’s current team, Munster, announced that they would only be keeping one Springboks lock, after Jean Kleyn signed a new contract, forcing the former Bulls star to hunt for a new team for the upcoming season.

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Stormers want Springbok lock

Soon after Snyman’s departure was confirmed, as was to be expected, speculations began to circulate. It wasn’t until recently that L’Equipe revealed that Snyman had signed a contract with Bath for an annual sum of £450,000. Those reports have yet to be confirmed and it seems that the Stormers want to hijack the deal.

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The outstanding lock would now be reunited with Johann van Graan, who, when still the Irish province’s coach, was in charge of introducing the Springbok to Munster in the first place.

The Stormers are reportedly interested in signing Snyman as well, according to Rapport, after the Bulls and Sharks were put off by his high price. 

Can Snyman be lured to Cape Town?

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Finding the money in time is the biggest worry because Red Disa’s equity agreement just closed and is still being implemented. This may have a significant impact on how the transfer drama unfolds.

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With his exceptional offloading skills, Snyman would be a fantastic addition to the Stormers and really enhance the free-flowing style of the Cape Town squad while giving them more grunt up front.