Van Graan confirms Munster's interest in star Bok duo

RG Snyman (Getty Images)
RG Snyman (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Munster coach Johann van Graan has confirmed the club's interest in signing Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok duo Damian de Allende and RG Snyman.

Irish media reports indicated earlier this week that the duo would join the Irish PRO14 outfit.

Van Graan, a former Springbok assistant coach, told the Pundit Arena website that they were in "advanced discussions" with both players.

"But there are no contracts signed at this stage. We are confident there will be a commitment in the future, subject to conditions, but at this stage no contracts have been signed and we have nothing official to confirm," Van Graan said.

The Irish Times reported on Monday that De Allende was set to sign a two-year deal with Munster ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The burly midfielder will be unavailable for the Stormers' Super Rugby campaign until next May as he will be playing for the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent reported that lock Snyman would join Munster ahead of the 2020/21 season.

He will also spend time in Japan with the Honda Heat, before making a switch to Ireland, the report added.

Both De Allende and Snyman were instrumental in South Africa's World Cup triumph in Japan.

De Allende was a menace with ball in hand and scored tries in the playoff victories over Japan and Wales, while his work rate on defence proved invaluable.

Snyman was mainly used as a substitute but proved his worth when he came on in the second period of the knockout games.

Munster are coached by former Springbok assistant Johann van Graan.

- Compiled by Herman Mostert

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