Munster's star signing De Allende is ready to hit the ground running

Munster's star signing De Allende is ready to hit the ground running
Damian de Allende of South Africa is tackled by Ryoto Nakamura of Japan during the 2019 Rugby World Cup last year. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

ONE of Munster’s star signings Damian de Allende will be able to slot straight into training with the side when they resume training.

Officially, de Allende, RG Snyman, Matt Gallagher and Roman Salanoa do not become Munster players until July 1 but de Allende has been in the country for nearly three weeks and has completed his two weeks of self isolation in line with government policy for anybody coming into the country.

The World Cup-winning centre will use the upcoming weeks to finalise living arrangements and settle into his new life in Limerick ahead of the 2020/21 season.

RG Snyman is expected to arrive at the end of this month and hit the ground running in July when professional rugby will be likely to return between the provinces.

Gallagher is due to arrive in June and he too could be finished his self isolation by the time the action recommences.

The PRO14 has yet to officially confirm whether new signings will be eligible to feature if the 2019/20 season is concluded in the coming months.

It is expected that they will finalise a decision this week, with indications being that new signings such as de Allende and Snyman will be allowed to feature if the 2019/20 campaign is finished.

It has been proposed that all provinces and clubs will register squads to cover the conclusion of the 2019/20 season and the 2020/21 campaign.

“It is still hard to determine whether Matt Gallagher, RG Snyman and Damian de Allende will be eligible to play in the closing stages of the current PRO14 season, if that goes ahead.”

He confirmed that Gallagher will be coming to Munster predominantly as a 15 but will be in for a fight for his place.

“Matt will be coming to Munster predominantly as a 15 and he will fight hard for that 15 jersey. He’s also very good on the wing and we have multiple options across the back three so looking forward to some really good competition, not only for the full back jersey but also for the wing.”

Those four new signings will add plenty of competition for place as will the likes of academy players Liam Coombes, Keynan Knox, Alex McHenry and Jack O’Sullivan who all advance to the senior squad next season on senior contracts.

Speaking about the province’s latest signing of prop Roman Salanoa, head coach Johann van Graan said: “We are delighted to add to our tighthead options with the signing of Roman. He is an exciting prospect and we look forward to welcoming him to the province.”

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