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Damian de Allende starts for South Africa in Saturday’s first test against the British and Irish Lions; the center suffered burns last month after a hearth accident while he was with Munster; De Allende admits “I was lucky and I’m just glad it wasn’t worse”

Last updated: 07/21/21 6:51 am

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South African center Damian de Allende admits he’s lucky to be playing rugby again after a household explodes.

De Allende, alongside Springboks teammate RG Snyman, was injured last month in an incident Munster described as a “household accident” also involving Mike Haley and CJ Stander.

The 29-year-old has recovered enough to make his way into the Springboks squad for the opening test against the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town on Saturday, but accepts the result could have been much worse.

“I think RG had the worst,” De Allende said.

“He’s been through a lot at the moment, I’ve been lucky and I’m just glad it wasn’t any worse. I can also say I’m just glad I got to play rugby again.

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“After that happened I was a bit in shock and I was in the hospital on morphine and it was difficult.

“When it cleared up the pain started to kick in and it really hit me how bad it was and how worse it could have been and how lucky I had been.

“I’m very grateful for having had a good game minute last week. It was difficult to play two games in one week, I haven’t done it for long enough but it was good.”

De Allende played for South Africa A in the warm-up match against the Lions last week, and is one of 21 members of the 2019 Rugby World Cup winning squad named in the evening of 23 men of Jacques Nienaber to face the tourists.

He says familiarity can help counter their disrupted preparation, with 14 players testing positive for Covid-19 during pre-series training camp.

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Lions forward Maro Itoje said the team look forward to South Africa’s physical presence ahead of the first test in Cape Town on Saturday, live on Sky Sports

Lions forward Maro Itoje said the team look forward to South Africa’s physical presence ahead of the first test in Cape Town on Saturday, live on Sky Sports

South Africa have only played one test match against Georgia since the World Cup final, but De Allende believes the previous shared experience will serve them well.

“Obviously we haven’t played together since the World Cup, but we know our relationship on and off the pitch is still very good,” he said.

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“And not just the guys who play this weekend or the guys who start on the bench, but the guys who miss too.

“It’s great that there is still a little bit of consistency in the team and I think it makes a huge difference. It almost allows us to be ourselves and to fit in again naturally.”

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