South African internationals Damian de Allende and RG Snyman were burned in an explosion in a fireplace, and Munster team-mates Mike Haley and CJ Stander were injured; Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber is hoping the pair will be available for two Tests against Georgia

Last updated: 09/06/21 17:05

RG Snyman has not played since sustaining a cruciate ligament rupture on his debut in Munster last August

South Africa’s head coach Jacques Nienaber has defended the Münster-based duo Damian De Allende and RG Snyman after a “fire pit accident” and expects them to take on the British and Irish Lions this summer.

The Springboks players were injured in an incident along with clubmates Mike Haley and CJ Stander over the weekend in which all four were burned.

De Allende and Snyman sustained major leg, hand and face damage and won’t appear in Munster’s match against Zebre on Friday, but could be available for South Africa’s two Tests with Georgia early next month before the Lions streak goes down on April 24. July.

“I’ve talked to both of them and they’re fine, that’s the most important thing and their families are fine,” said Nienaber.

“Will you be able to play Georgia? If everything goes according to plan, I think you would if I sit here right now.”

“The challenge is that if they get an infection or cannot fly to us as soon as possible for some other medical reason, of course they make it a little more difficult. I think in that sense we have to be.” adaptable. “

Damian de Allende (pictured) and Snyman will visit a specialist on Friday

De Allende and Snyman will be visiting a specialist on Friday and Nienaber was referring to his own time in Ireland when explaining how such an incident could come about.

The 48-year-old spent a season at Münster in 2016 as a defensive coach before returning to the South African team alongside Rassie Erasmus.

Nienaber added, “Accidents happen and any accident, like a car accident, is not ideal but we cannot control it.

“For me, because I was in Ireland before, I actually understand that because it rains a little more in Ireland than in South Africa.

“When I was there, if you wanted to do log fire and braai over a log fire or sit in front of a log fire like we do in South Africa – if you miss your home a little – I did the same thing, I did take a little gasoline and throw it on the wood and light it, otherwise the wood will be wet so you can’t burn it.

Bryan Habana selects his South African test team to play against the British and Irish Lions in the first test

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Bryan Habana selects his South African test team to play against the British and Irish Lions in the first test

“I think I did it just like everyone else there and accidents happen. You explained it to me and it makes perfect sense. You made a fire and the fire just went into the canister and the canister fell and…” the gasoline splashed down her legs.

“Obviously that’s not ideal. As a head coach, you want them to be fine and to train them, but now we have to make plans to get them into the mix as soon as possible and to take care of their well-being first and foremost. “

Both were included in South Africa’s 46-man squad announced on Saturday and Snyman now has a second problem to solve as the striker has been out on his Muenster debut since August due to an anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Lood De Jager is another player facing a race against time to battle the Lions, but Nienaber gave a positive update on the sales ace that may even play in the Gallagher Premiership play-offs.

“As far as I understand, his progress is just about right right now. If things continue as they are now and they make it to the final or even the semifinals, he might be able to take part, so I think Lood is doing really well.” ,” he said.

Meanwhile, Springbok’s # 8 Duane Vermeulen, who underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday, remains a huge doubt whether he will face the Lions.

Nienaber said: “Some players come back anywhere between five and 16 weeks depending on the severity of the injury and the surgeon will likely know this once they open it and look closely at what’s going on.”