South Africa rugby star Damian de Allende reveals all on Munster’s fire pit accident


South Africa rugby star Damian de Allende reveals he and three Munster team-mates suffered burns when one of them ‘threw petrol’ on a fire pit, causing the can to ‘EXPLODE’… as he and RG Snyman recover from leg, hand and face injuries before Lions tour

  • Four Munster players were injured in a freak fire pit accident over the weekend
  • Damian de Allende, RG Snyman, Mike Haley and CJ Stander all suffered burns
  • The Springbok duo’s injuries were more significant and they face a spell out
  • De Allende has revealed that one of his team-mates threw petrol on the fire
  • The petrol can exploded but De Allende says incident could have been worse 
  • The South Africa pair are still expected to be involved against the Lions in July 

Springbok star Damian de Allende has revealed that an explosion caused by a player throwing petrol next to a fire pit has left him in a race to be fit for the Lions tour.

De Allende and his South Africa team-mate RG Snyman were sent to hospital over the weekend after the incident left them with serious burns to their legs, arms and face. 

Fellow Munster players CJ Stander and Mike Haley suffered less serious injuries, just hours after the world champions had named their 46-man squad for the Lions series. 

Damian de Allende has been sidelined after suffering burns in a freak fire pit accident

RG Snyman also suffered injuries and has been referred to a specialist

RG Snyman also suffered injuries and has been referred to a specialist

Springbok pair Damian de Allende and RG Snyman have been sidelined after suffering burns

‘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,’ De Allende told SuperSport.

Asked if the incident could have been more serious, the 29-year-old added: ‘Yeah, that’s what we’ve been saying, they thought it was a lot worse when we went into hospital on Saturday night but when we saw the specialist on Sunday he said it wasn’t as bad as they got told.

‘We should be OK in a few weeks, hopefully.’

Munster team-mate CJ Stander suffered less serious burns during the freak fire pit accident

Munster team-mate CJ Stander suffered less serious burns during the freak fire pit accident

Munster team-mate CJ Stander suffered less serious burns during the freak fire pit accident

Mike Haley (right) was also involved in the incident but should return to light training this week

Mike Haley (right) was also involved in the incident but should return to light training this week

Mike Haley (right) was also involved in the incident but should return to light training this week 

Lions organisers on Tuesday announced that English referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of two tour matches in South Africa, as Covid restrictions have reduced the number of referees available. 

English officials are not usually selected to referee Lions fixtures, and Barnes will not take charge of any of the Tests against the Springboks, which will be overseen by Australia’s Nic Berry, New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe and France’s Mathieu Raynal.

The first wave of Warren Gatland’s squad will travel to Jersey this weekend for a training camp but players from Saracens, Exeter, Bristol and Sale will not travel until the conclusion of their clubs’ play-off ties.

English referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of two tour matches in South Africa this year

English referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of two tour matches in South Africa this year

English referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of two tour matches in South Africa this year

Exeter No 8 Sam Simmonds suffered an ankle injury scare during Sunday’s victory over Northampton, but the forward is expected to be fit for the trip to South Africa.

Meanwhile, Northampton lock David Ribbans looks to have missed his chance to win a first England cap this summer after he was banned for three weeks for a high tackle on Exeter’s Luke Cowan-Dickie. The second-row, 25, was set to be called up tomorrow by Eddie Jones for Tests against USA and Canada.

Gloucester have forfeited their final Premiership fixture against Worcester after the club returned more positive Covid-19 tests. 

The Cherry and Whites also forfeited last week’s game against Bath, meaning they will now miss out on qualifying for next season’s Champions Cup. 



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