Springboks among Munster players burnt in fire pit accident

  • Munster coach Van Graan confirms injuries are not serious
  • De Allende and Snyman in South Africa squad to face Lions

Damian de Allende and RG Snyman, who were named last weekend in the South Africa squad to face the British & Irish Lions this summer, are among four Munster players to have sustained burns in a fire pit accident.

The Springbok pair are said to have sustained more substantial burns to their legs, hands and face and come off worse than CJ Stander and Mike Haley – the other two players involved in the incident last weekend.

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‘Hobbit-sized’ Lions forwards’ pace puts South Africa on alert for series

• Erasmus wary of back-rowers Simmonds and Watson

• Fixture changes to limit effect of altitude on tourists

The Springbok coaches believe the British & Irish Lions will have a significant advantage over previous touring teams when they fly out to South Africa next month. The Covid-influenced fixture list is set to reduce the effects of altitude on Warren Gatland’s plans and the Boks are also wary of the pacy “Hobbit-sized” forwards in the visiting squad.

With South Africa not having played since winning the Rugby World Cup in November 2019, the Boks’ director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and head coach Jacques Nienaber will be announcing a an enlarged squad of 45 next Saturday and are resigned to the fact that, with scant chance of crowds in stadiums, home advantage will be less of a factor than normal.

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