Springbok lock RG Snyman is relishing being a part of the national setup and potentially representing the world champions again.
His last appearance in the green and gold was against England in the Rugby World Cup final in 2019, and he returns to the Bok squad after an absence of nearly four years due to injury.
The 23-Test Snyman addressed the media in Pretoria yesterday, where he and the Boks have gathered for a three-week training camp in preparation for the Rugby Championship.
“It’s special to be back in the squad and to train with the group again after my injuries,” says Snyman, who aims to stake a claim for a second World Cup appearance this year.
“It was a very tough thing for me, not being able to play for the Springboks. It was also the thing that drove me to get better, and back on the field, and get myself at a place where I can be back here.
“It’s an opportunity I won’t take for granted, and it’s an honour to be here, and it’s nice knowing how the setup works as I’ve been here before.”
Snyman is joined in Pretoria by his Munster teammate Jean Kleyn, whom the national coaches started tracking after qualifying for national selection and who also helped the Irish club win the Vodacom United Rugby Championship title.
Snyman says: “Having Jean Kleyn here is also special. He’s had a good season. I think he started every game for Munster.”
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