Munster Rugby Players Suffer Burn Injuries in Fire Pit Accident

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MUNSTER Rugby’s weekley player injury update confirmed that several players suffered burn injuries of differing scales following a fire pit accident over the weekend.

Mike Haley, CJ Stander, Damian de Allende and RG Snyman required treatment for superficial burns following a fire pit accident at the weekend.

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It is expected that Haley and Stander, who sustained burns to their hands, may return to training this week with availability for Friday night’s game reviewed as the week progresses.

Heineken Champions Cup Round 6, Thomond Park, Limerick 19/1/2019
Munster vs Exeter Chiefs
Munster’s CJ Stander offloads to Mike Haley
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De Allende and Snyman, who sustained more substantial burns to legs, hands and face, will not take part in their respective training and rehabilitation programmes and will meet a specialist again later in the week.

While the players were rushed to hospital, the initial burns looked worse than expected, but upon consulting a specialist on Sunday it seemed they would be okay and not out of action for too long.

30 November 2020; Damian de Allende of Munster during the Guinness PRO14 match between Munster and Zebre at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

De Allende admitted to SuperSport’s Brendan Nel that it could have “been a lot worse”.

“We were just sitting around the fire and one of the boys threw a bit of petrol over the fire and then it caught his hand and he just tried to put it down on the floor and then the whole thing caught alight and exploded.” Damian De Allende said. 

On Saturday, the pair were named in Jacques Nienaber’s Springbok squad for the upcoming Lions series and are expected to link up with the squad on completion of their provincial programmes.

Commenting on the accident, Head Coach Johann van Graan said, “We are hugely relieved that the lads are all ok.

“The players have all been treated and are being well looked after with Damian and RG meeting the specialist again later this week to review next steps of their recovery.”

In further squad news the Munster Rugby medical team have confirmed that Conor Murray, Chris Farrell and Roman Salanoa have all returned to training ahead of Friday night’s Rainbow Cup game against Zebre.

There were also no fresh injury concerns to report following Friday’s Munster ‘A’ game against the Ireland U20s.

Unavailable: Neil Cronin (knee), RG Snyman (knee), Damian de Allende.

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