Springbok players at World Rugby awards

Springboks Eben Etzebeth, RG Snyman, Damian Willemse, Franco Mostert and Jean Kleyn arrive at the World Rugby Awards gala. Photo: World Rugby/SA Rugby.

Springbok lock opts not to renew contract with URC team

Munster have been able to keep one of their star Springbok locks but the other will depart after the end of the current URC season.

Springbok players at World Rugby awards

Springboks Eben Etzebeth, RG Snyman, Damian Willemse, Franco Mostert and Jean Kleyn arrive at the World Rugby Awards gala. Photo: World Rugby/SA Rugby.

Rugby World Cup-winning lock RG Snyman has opted not to extend his stay at Munster beyond the current season.

This week, it was revealed by Munster that Snyman would seek new horizons once his deal with the Irish Province expires.

RG Snyman to leave Munster

Meanwhile compatriot Jean Kleyn has signed a deal that will keep him at Munster for another season at least.

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In a statement on contract renewals Munster said: “Munster Rugby can confirm that Jean Kleyn, John Hodnett and Liam Coombes have all signed contract extensions with the province.

“Kleyn, who won the World Cup with South Africa last month, and Hodnett have both signed two-year extensions with Coombes signing a one-year deal.

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“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 hugely popular figure at the province, Snyman won his second World Cup with the Springboks last month.

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“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.”

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Kleyn had been linked with a possible move to France but it seems that the decision of Snyman to depart allowed Munster to keep the lock forward on their books.

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Munster said of Kleyn: “Named Munster Men’s Player of the Year for 2022/23, Kleyn made his first appearance of the campaign against Leinster at the weekend.

“He has played 137 games for Munster since making his debut against Scarlets in 2016.

“Last year was a standout campaign as he made 24 starts, more than anyone else in the squad, including 19 starts in-a-row to finish the season as Munster clinched the URC title.”

Snyman’s next club is yet to be revealed.