Stormers URC final Springbok

The Stormers will soon have access to cash from a big equity deal. Photo: X

Stomers to lose out on signing big money Springbok?

The Stormers would reportedly have to fork out more than R10-million rand in order to sign Springbok lock RG Snyman.

Stormers URC final Springbok

The Stormers will soon have access to cash from a big equity deal. Photo: X

In a notable update provided by RG Snyman’s Irish club Munster this past week, it was confirmed that Springbok World Cup winner RG Snyman will be leaving the team next year, with his contract concluding in the middle of 2024.

As it is, the latest reports have revealed that the towering lock is set to be sidelined for between four and six months, and so he is actually unlikely to play much more for Munster.

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With this in mind, it’s believed that a move to South Africa is firmly on the cards, with the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls all understood to have been considering their options and whether they can afford to lure Snyman to their team camp.

It’s reported that the big forward’s ‘evaluation’ is over R10 million a season, which could be a notable factor considering that he has been extremely injury prone since he joined Munster in 2019.

As it is, it was recently reported by L’Equipe that Snyman had apparently agreed a deal with English Bath for a total of £450,000 per year, which could see the star lock reunited with Johann van Graan – who was responsible for bringing the Springbok to Munster back when he was coaching there.

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Other reports in Sunday newspaper Rapport now suggest the Stormers are the only South African side still in the running for Snyman’s signature as new equity partners Red Disa are reportedly hoping to throw in a competitive R13 million (in the region of £550,000) offer to make it happen. The deal would be assisted by SA Rugby as Snyman is a Player of National Interest, and so the national body would pay a portion of his salary.

The main concern is locating the funds in time as Red Disa’s equity deal has only just gone through.

Munster set to bid him farewell

“The province can also confirm that RG Snyman will depart Munster for a new playing opportunity on completion of his contract at the end of the season,” a Munster statement read. “A hugely popular figure at the province, Snyman won his second World Cup with the Springboks last month.

“He has twice returned from long-term injuries during his time at Munster and played an important role last season, making six appearances in the province’s charge to the URC title.

“He is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on a chest/shoulder injury.”

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that his World Cup winning teammate Jean Kleyn has signed a contract extension.

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