Springbok pair suffer burns in fire pit accident ahead of Lions tour

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South Africa centre Damian de Allende (left) in action at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

South Africa's Damian de Allende and RG Snyman have suffered burns in a fire pit accident just a month before the British and Irish Lions tour.

The Rugby World Cup-winning pair, who were named in the Springbok squad to face Warren Gatland's Lions, were injured along with Munster team-mates CJ Stander and Mike Haley.

"Mike Haley, CJ Stander, Damian de Allende and RG Snyman required treatment for superficial burns following a fire pit accident at the weekend," Irish provincial side Munster said in a statement.

"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 (against Zebre) reviewed as the week progresses.

"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."

De Allende told SuperSport the accident could have been 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," he said.

Munster coach Johann van Graan said in the club's statement: "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."

De Allende, who started the 2019 World Cup final victory over England, and Snyman, who came off the bench, have just over a month to recover ahead of the Lions series.

The Lions play three Tests in South Africa -- in Cape Town on July 24 and then in Johannesburg on July 31 and August 7.