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Munster set for double coup by landing Snyman and De Allende

Damian de Allende
Damian de Allende

By Cian Tracey

Munster are set to bolster their squad significantly next season by signing World Cup winners Damian de Allende and RG Snyman.

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Both players played a key role in the Springboks' recent triumph in Japan and are expected to add to the province's growing South African contingent.

After being given permission by the IRFU to sign an NIQ (non-Irish qualified) centre, Munster identified De Allende as their target, who could help them win the Champions Cup again.

With former Boks centre Jaco Taute departing the province for Leicester Tigers at the end of the season, an NIQ spot freed up and it is understood De Allende has signed a two-year deal.

Imposing lock Snyman, who stands at 6ft 9in, is also believed to have signed a similar contract, with both players in line to join Munster next summer after they play the rest of this season with respective Japanese clubs.

De Allende (27) was one of the stand-out performers for the Boks and was widely recognised as the best inside centre at the World Cup.

Although Snyman was behind Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager in the pecking order, the 24-year-old made a huge impact every time he was introduced.

De Allende and Snyman featured in the Boks' World Cup final win over England last weekend and would be seen as major coups for Munster.

Johann van Graan will be well aware of both players' world-class ability having spent time working with South Africa, while Rassie Erasmus' connection to Munster is believed to have played an important role in the duo agreeing to join.

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