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RG Snyman reveals the cause of Munster’s latest spell on the sidelines: Planet Rugby

RG Snyman reveals the cause of Munster’s latest spell on the sidelines: Planet Rugby

Munster’s Springbok second-row RG Snyman has revealed pneumonia kept him on the sidelines for the Investec Champions Cup last-16 defeat to Northampton Saints last month.

The Irish province’s two-time Rugby World Cup winner has been plagued by injury and is set to make his first start at Thomond Park in four seasons when they take on Connacht on Saturday.

Starred during Munster’s South African tour

The 29-year-old made a full recovery from his illness and played a leading role for the defending United Rugby Championship (URC) champions during their successful two-match tour to South Africa.

Munster are in a strong position in the URC standings as they collected a full house of 10 points following bonus point wins over his old side, the Bulls and the Lions, as they returned to winning ways in style after their 24 loss -14 against Saints at Franklin’s Gardens.

Although several Munster players were ill for that match, the Leinster-bound lock’s illness was more serious.

“I actually didn’t have what the rest of the boys had, I had pneumonia,” Snyman told the BBC Irish independent. “So I really wasn’t feeling well during those two weeks and it’s not the easiest thing to play at altitude in Pretoria, but it all turned out fine.

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“It was definitely a shock, the first big training we had there, I must say.

“But if you at least know what to expect and know how you’re going to feel, and get that iron taste in the back of your throat as you run, it’s not a new experience, you know, growing up there.

“I certainly knew what to expect, but it was definitely a shock that first training.”

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I would like to leave Munster on a high

With Saturday’s Connacht match and other URC league fixtures against Edinburgh (away) and Ulster (home) looming, Snyman is keen to end his Munster career on a high.

“My journey here and my time here have not been the easiest, but I have been as committed as I could have been throughout this time,” he said.

“It’s almost like all the opportunities that I didn’t get in the end are thrown into this last part of the season and into the opportunities that I do get.”

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