Munster Make A Statement With Three Quality Signings
Munster have signalled their intent for next season as they aim to put themselves back in the frame for titles. Munster have confirmed the signatures of Damien de Allende, RG Snyman, and Matt Gallagher. These are three top quality players that can help push Munster to the next level.
De Allende and Snyman are both World Cup Winners with South Africa last year and are coming into their physical primes at 28 and 25 respectively. Gallagher is Irish Qualified through his Grandparents and will add good competition to Mike Haley for the Munster 15 shirt. All three players have signed two year contracts that will keep them at Thomand Park till June 2022.
Damien De Allende – Centre – Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan)
Damien de Allende was a key cog in the South African machine as they dismantled England to win the 2019 Japan World Cup. He started in 6 of his 7 World Cup appearences and scored Tries in two Knockout games. His defence and physicality to get South Africa over the Gain Line was a key part of their game. He will bring huge physicality to the Munster back line and will put them on the front foot every time. De Allende is a top quality signing who will replace Jaco Taute who left for Leicester Tigers at the start of this season.
De Allende is currently plying his trade in the Japanese Top League for the Panasonic Wild Knights and will join up with Munster for the start of next season. The Cape Town native previously played for the Stormers in Super Rugby and has 6 tries in 47 appearences for South Africa.
RG Snyman – Lock – Honda Heat
RG Snyman played less of a key role for South Africa at the World Cup due to his fellow second rows. However, When Snyman has played for his country he has been exceptional. He received a man of the match award for his performance against Canada in the World Cup group stages. He appears to be getting better and better with each performance at domestic and international level.
He’s an extremely tall and athletic second row who has the carrying ability to go on long range runs through opposition defences. His core second row skills are very good and had he been in most other national setups, he would have many more Caps already. Snyman is currently destroying defences in the Japanese Top League for Honda Heat and will sure become a crowd favourite once he arrives next season. Snyman is only 25 years old and already has 23 Springboks Caps. He still has time to physically mature and it would not be a surprise to see him become one of the top locks in Europe during his time with Munster.
Matt Gallagher – Full Back – Saracens
This is a move that has been rumoured for a while and one that both Munster and the IRFU had been involved in, even before the recent Saracens debacle. Son of World Cup Winner Jon Gallagher, Matt is Irish qualified through his Grandparents and will be hoping to tread the path that was recently taken by a number of English players into the Ireland Squad. In recent times Mike Haley, Will Addison, And Billy Burns have all made the move from the Premiership in the hopes of making the Ireland Squad and Gallagher will be hoping to do the same.
Gallagher won the 2016 World Championships with England Under 20s and at 23 years old he has 9 tries in 45 appearances for Saracens. It would be a tough task for anyone to come out of the academy and try usurp Alex Goode from his Saracens Full Back Throne. Gallagher clearly sees more opportunities to be had at Munster and Saracens are a club in turmoil at this stage. Gallagher has a big boot and good positional awareness, which should go down well at a club like Munster.
What They Said:
Munster Head Coach Johan Van Graan:
“From a business point of view I am really pleased that Munster Rugby has secured the calibre of these players. In terms of Damian and RG, it’s testament to the worldwide standing of this club that two World Cup winning Springboks will arrive here next summer.
“On a personal level I know them both very well and in addition to being world-class athletes they are great men. They will add value to everything we are striving to achieve at Munster, and I know our supporters will be eagerly looking forward to their arrival.
“Equally, getting Matt on board is fantastic for our backline options. He is an exciting young talent that can play in a number of positions and is from a great rugby pedigree.”