Damian de Allende: Springbok centre’s departure would be a huge ‘loss’ for Munster

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Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham believes that the likely departure of Springbok centre Damian de Allende would be a big loss for the Irish province amid reports the World Cup winner is set to move to Japan at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old completes his two-year contract at the end of the season with an extension looking increasingly unlikely.

Would be a big loss

“Look, it would be understandable. Players move around all the time,” Larkham told RTE when asked if De Allende’s departure would be disappointing.

“Yeah, disappointing. He’s been great for us. I’m not sure what your opinion of him is but he’s been great within the squad, within the organisation and then obviously his performances on the field have been tremendous as well.

“So yeah, he would be a loss, no doubt.

“We certainly haven’t secured our full roster for next year and that’s a process is always going throughout the 12 months of the year.

“There’s always contract negotiations and top-ups and those discussions happening. So it’s no different at the moment.

“We’re kind of in the heat of it at the moment, just trying to get a number of guys signed.

“So we’ll have to wait and see.”

Despite big changes in the coaching structures at Munster for next season, the province has managed to secure RG Snyman, another world champion, for a further two years.

Snyman has been dealt a heavy hand with injury since arriving in Limerick – rupturing his ACL twice – making the decision to re-sign the second-rower a tricky one.

“No, [it wasn’t a straightforward decision], not at all, but it’s an exciting one,” he said.

“I’m certainly excited by that prospect.

“We’ve seen glimpses of RG on the field and we’ve seen a lot more of him at training and around the place, and he adds a lot to this organisation. So it’s exciting.

“There’s always a concern with players and signing big contracts.

“Look at some of the big players around the world who sign big contracts and then get injured, it’s part and parcel of the game.

“In terms of where RG is at, it’s expected that he will make a full recovery.

“There’s a tremendous team around him at the moment, building him back up, so we’ve got full confidence in that process.”

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