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Damian de Allende's two options as he heads for Munster exit - report

By Kim Ekin
Damian De Allende (r)(Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Reports out of South Africa suggest that Springbok centre Damian de Allende has two options when he departs Munster – both in Japan.

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Rapport suggests that De Allende will sign for either Kintetsu Liners or Saitama Wild Knights (formerly known as Panasonic Wild Knights).

The 30-year-old already enjoyed a stint with the Wild Knights and they are the current favourites to win his signature.

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He joined Munster in 2020 alongside fellow Springbok RG Snyman, having played a leading role in South Africa’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2019, starting six of his seven appearances in the tournament.

Hailing from Cape Town, he has made 58 appearances for the Springboks to date, scoring seven tries. Prior to Munster, he had played for Panasonic Wild Knights, have joined the Japanese side from the Stormers.

He was voted South African Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2015.

It’s a major blow for Munster, with the signing of the world’s leading centre seen a major coup for Munster two years ago. The Limerick-based side are now in the market to replace the massive hole his departure would leave in the side.

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Wasps and former All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa is odds on to replace the South African. Wasps are offloading a number of players this season as the Premiership side face the squeeze of the salary cap and the need to shed one of their two marquee players.

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