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The deal-breaking clause in RG Snyman's Leinster contract

By Josh Raisey
RG Snyman of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and South Africa at Stade de France on October 21, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

South Africa’s double World Cup winning lock RG Snyman is set to join Leinster next season from Munster, but will join with a particular clause in his contract, RugbyPass understand.

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The South Africa lock will make the move across Ireland ahead of next season on a one-year deal, arriving with a clause in his contract stating he will only be able to play a certain percentage of United Rugby Championship and Investec Champions Cup games for the province per season.

The deal is in place to ensure the progress of Leinster’s current crop of locks is not stultified. Not only is captain James Ryan a second-row, but Leinster also have other Ireland locks on their books. Ryan Baird, 24, and Joe McCarthy, 22, are both Leinster regulars and Ireland internationals, and with their academy products also coming through, the deal with make sure Snyman is not depriving the players of game time.

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Then again, if Snyman’s tenure at Munster is anything to go by, game time might not be that frequent with Leinster. The 28-year-old has endured an injury-plagued stint in Munster, suffering multiple ACL ruptures, and is currently out of action after undergoing surgery for a shoulder/chest injury sustained in the World Cup final.

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bob 176 days ago

The World Cup records of Snyman and Etsebeth surely speak for themselves
What coach would not want these fellows in their team?
They both appear to be pretty humble chaps too.

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Thomas 177 days ago

Ignore the toxic troll, people.

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rory 177 days ago

Nigel is related to Ben Smith. No doubt.

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Nigel 178 days ago

Snyman is without doubt a talented player. If he gets rid of the inane notion to copy the cowardly bakkies botha foul play game and the effeminate etzebeth's thinking that he's an ‘enforcer’ Leinster can develop this bloke into a decent player. Like Koch after his stint at Saracens, he can learn and become a genuinely good player. Here’s hoping that it happens.

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