Damian de Allende, Matt Gallagher & RG Snyman to join Munster

Damian de Allende, Matt Gallagher & RG Snyman to join Munster

Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed that Damian de Allende, RG Snyman and Matt Gallagher will join the province at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

The World Cup winning Springbok duo of De Allende and Snyman are both currently playing in the Japanese Top League, while Matt Gallagher is with Saracens.


Centre De Allende played a leading role in South Africa’s World Cup-winning campaign starting six of his seven appearances.  It was in the knock-out stages against Japan and Wales that Damian scored his respective tries. His attacking form was equally matched by a physical defensive display as he made his presence felt at every stage with a huge work rate from midfield.

 

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From Cape Town, the 28-year-old has made 47 appearances for the Springboks, scoring six tries. Currently playing with the Panasonic Wild Knights, he previously played for the Stormers and was voted South African Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2015.

Snyman also featured in every game of South Africa’s successful World Cup campaign, producing a man of the match performance against Canada.  The imposing lock is highly regarded for his athleticism, ball-handling skills and towering presence in the lineout.

A product of the Bulls, the 25-year-old has made 23 appearances for South Africa and will make the move from Japanese club Honda Heat at the start of the new season.

Playing full-back, or on the wing, Gallagher has made 45 appearances for Saracens, scoring 9 tries.  A former Saracens Academy Player of the Year, the 23-year-old was part of the England U20s World Championship-winning side in 2016.

Hailing from London, Matt is Irish qualified as his paternal grandfather and grandmother are from Derry and Limerick respectively.  In December he lined out against the province in the round three Champions Cup encounter at Thomond Park.

 

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