RG Snyman

Springbok lock RG Snyman has suffered yet another injury just weeks after making his return to rugby. Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Springbok lock RG Snyman ruled OUT of end-of-year tour – BREAKING

Springbok lock RG Snyman has suffered yet another injury just weeks after making his return to rugby.

RG Snyman

Springbok lock RG Snyman has suffered yet another injury just weeks after making his return to rugby. Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Springbok lock RG Snyman has suffered yet another injury just weeks after making his return to rugby.

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup winner signed for Irish giants Munster in 2020, but suffered an ACL injury just minutes into his debut against Leinster in August of that year.

Last May, he underwent a minor procedure on his knee after a setback in his rehabilitation, and then in June he suffered serious burns in an freak accident when a Munster team-mate threw petrol over their pit fire, leading to the petrol can exploding.

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As a result, Snyman played no role in either the British & Irish Lions tour or the Rugby Championship, but he finally made his return to action for Munster in the United Rugby Championship two weeks ago, scoring a try in last weekend’s clash against the Stormers at Thomond Park.

But Snyman lasted just 10 minutes for Munster on Sunday after coming on as a second-half replacement in their 43-13 away win at Scarlets before limping off the field looking dejected.

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Munster on Monday confirmed the worst-case scenario – that scans have revealed RG Snyman has indeed ruptured his ACL for the second time in a little over a year.

“We are all hugely disappointed for RG,” Munster coach Johann van Graan said, according to RTE Sport.

“After doing everything that was asked of him and working so hard to get back into great shape everyone feels for him right now.

“While this is a setback, we know RG is young and resilient given everything he has gone through in the last year so there is a strong sense of perspective here.

“We have seen what other world class players have done in this position before and they have come back to reach the successful heights of their careers and I would expect no different for someone of RG’s class and standing.

“The battles that he’s gone through over the last 15 months, not a lot of human beings can do that.

“He’s got a fantastic wife and family around him and then the club, Munster, we’ll support him whether it’s one week or whatever time it is, he’ll get through this.”

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As a result of the injury, Snyman has been ruled out of the Springboks’ upcoming end of year tour to the United Kingdom where they will take on Wales (6 November), Scotland (13 November) and England (20 November).

Snyman is the second Springbok to be ruled out after front-rower Frans Malherbe suffered a similar fate over the weekend.

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