Munster have made a major statement of intent for the coming season after confirming the signings of South African World Cup winners Damian de Allende and RG Snyman.
In a further boost for Johann van Graan, the province has also swooped for winger Matt Gallagher from troubled European champions Saracens.
The trio will join the province on two-year deals, running from this summer until June 2022.
“From a business point of view, I am really pleased that Munster Rugby has secured the calibre of these players,” said Munster head coach Johann van Graan.
“In terms of Damian and RG, it’s testament to the worldwide standing of this club that two World Cup-winning Springboks will arrive here next summer.
“On a personal level, I know them both very well and in addition to being world-class athletes, they are great men. They will add value to everything we are striving to achieve at Munster, and I know our supporters will be eagerly looking forward to their arrival.
“Equally, getting Matt on board is fantastic for our backline options. He is an exciting young talent that can play in a number of positions and is from a great rugby pedigree.”
The Springbok duo of De Allende and Snyman are both currently playing in the Japanese Top League, with Panasonic Wild Knights and Honda Heat respectively, having moved there after their Webb Ellis Cup success.
De Allende played a leading role in South Africa’s World Cup-winning campaign, starting six of his seven appearances and scoring tries against Japan and Wales.
The powerful 28-year-old centre has made 47 appearances for the Springboks, scoring six tries, and was voted South African Super Rugby Player of the Year during his time with the Stormers in 2015.
Snyman also featured in every game of South Africa’s successful World Cup campaign, generally as a replacement, but produced a man-of-the-match performance when starting against Canada. The 6' 10'' lock is highly regarded for his athleticism, ball-handling skills, and towering presence in the lineout.
A product of the Bulls, the 25-year-old has been capped 23 times by South Africa.
Playing full-back or on the wing, Gallagher has made 45 appearances for Saracens, scoring nine tries. A former Academy Player of the Year at Sarries, the 23-year-old was part of England's U20 World Championship-winning side in 2016.
The London-native played at Thomond Park in Saracens' narrow loss to Munster in December and has Limerick roots through his paternal grandmother. That, alongside his Derry-born grandfather, qualifies him to represent Ireland.