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Munster won't rush star Bok lock back from injury

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RG Snyman (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
RG Snyman (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Munster coach Johann van Graan says they won't rush Springbok lock RG Snyman back too soon as he recovers from a knee injury.

Snyman was set to return to action after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which he suffered while making his PRO14 debut for the Irish club last August.

But the World Cup winner suffered a setback last week after it was confirmed that he would need to undergo a minor procedure to his knee.

He underwent successful surgery last week and there is hope he could feature for Munster before the end of the 2020/21 season.

While addressing reporters on Tuesday, Van Graan said Munster would look out for the player's best interests.

Snyman's fitness is vital to the Springboks as they prepare to host the British & Irish Lions in July.

"In terms of him coming back too soon, I think ourselves and the Springboks are very well aligned," Van Graan said, as quoted by the Irish Independent.

"We will always put the player first. Look, at the end of the day, RG's knee is the most important thing. Then we have to make sure on both sides of the fence that he is fit for rugby.

"To be fair to Jacques (Nienaber, Springbok head coach), the two of us have been in constant communication, not only about RG, but obviously Damian (de Allende) is in the Springboks’ plans as well.

"I am not really concerned. I think open communication, we have got that with the Irish national team and with South Africa as well."

Snyman formed part of the Springboks' four 2019 World Cup-winning locks, along with Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert and Lood de Jager.

The Boks could already be without De Jager's services for the Lions series, after the Sale Sharks second-rower broke his leg in a freak training session accident.

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