Jean Kleyn on RG Synman: 'Everyone wants him to stay at Munster'
Jean Kleyn says everyone at Munster would love RG Snyman beyond his current contract, which is up next summer.
Snyman is looking at another season out of action after re-rupturing his ACL against the Scarlets last Sunday - just three games into his comeback after over a year out.
The province faces a big decision in whether to try and keep him, given the wage bill required.
But his fellow South African believes the World Cup winning Springbok adds so much to the group.
"I think everyone would," Kleyn said, when asked if there was a desire to see Snyman stay up beyond his current deal.
"Excluding the fact that he hasn’t played a whole lot of rugby, he has really contributed to the team in a really big way, from a rugby standpoint, in terms of knowledge and in a cultural standpoint in terms of his contribution to the squad and how we interact with each other.
“You can’t really put an exact timeline on these things but, to be honest, he’s probably one of the most mentally tough guys I have met. He has had an horrific last 12 months and then to top it off he plays 30 or 40 minutes of rugby (it was 57 minutes altogether) and then it happens to him again.
"The resilience he is showing from a mental standpoint is outstanding. He is still very positive and he is in a very positive mindset.
"He is in a dark place, but who wouldn’t be? You have to take it day by day, well, he does. As he progresses we will see how long it takes and we are all raring to see him back as soon as possible.”
Kleyn says there has to be balance between giving Snyman space to deal with his latest big set-back and being there for him as a group.
"Every person needs time to process any kind of loss and for him it was a loss," he said. "Everyone gave him and his wife their space for a bit to process it and then I’d say he was probably overwhelmed with support.
"He’s a very popular guy here. I’d say there wasn’t a fella who wasn’t disappointed for him.
"I’d say everyone will support him in their own way and wherever they can. It’s limited with him being on a different training schedule to us for the next however many months.”
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