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RG Snyman to play first match since World Cup final

By Josh Raisey
RG Snyman of South Africa celebrates the victory with the supporters following the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Final between New Zealand (All Blacks) and South Africa (Springboks) at Stade de France on October 28, 2023 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Munster lock RG Snyman is set to make his first appearance for the province this season against the Scarlets at the Parc y Scarlets on Friday in the United Rugby Championship.

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The 29-year-old has been out of action after injuring his chest/shoulder in the World Cup final victory over the All Blacks in October, and has since undergone surgery to address the issue.

The Springbok will partner Tom Ahern in the second-row in Wales, who is also making a return after picking up an injury in the Investec Champions Cup in January.

Fullback Mike Haley is also poised to make his first appearance of the season following hip surgery.

The reigning URC champions are currently sat in eleventh place in the table, but only four points behind fifth-place Ulster and six points behind the Bulls in fourth place.

Though Snyman has not featured yet this season, he has had a busy time off-field, securing a move to Irish rivals Leinster at the end of the season.

Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl (Sydenham), Tomi Lewis (Gwernyfed), Joe Roberts (Burry Port), Eddie James (Carmarthen Quins), Ioan Nicholas (Pontyberem), Dan Jones (Carmarthen Quins), Archie Hughes (Tenby), Kemsley Mathias (Narberth), Eduan Swart (Pumas), Harri O’Connor (Dorchester), Alex Craig (Stewartry), Sam Lousi (Bay Roskill Vikings; capt), Jarrod Taylor (Western Province), Dan Davis (Llandeilo), Vaea Fifita (Lions  – Tonga)
Replacements: Harry Thomas (New Dock Stars), Wyn Jones (Llandovery), Sam Wainwright (Rhyl), Jac Price (Carmarthen quins), Teddy Leatherbarrow (Knutsford), Efan Jones (Wrexham RFC), Charlie Titcombe (Stanford Rugby), Steff Evans (Felinfoel RFC)

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Munster: Mike Haley; Seán O’Brien, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell; Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Oli Jager; Tom Ahern, RG Snyman; Ruadhán Quinn, Alex Kendellen (C), Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Eoghan Clarke, Josh Wycherley, John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Sullivan, Ethan Coughlan, Rory Scannell, Shay McCarthy.

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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