Damian de Allende would be a big loss to Munster if he departs, according to outgoing senior coach Stephen Larkham.

The Springboks centre is coming to the end of a two-year deal with the province and has been linked to a move to Japan where he played before joining Munster.

"Look, it would be understandable. Players move around all the time," said Larkham when asked how disappointing it would be if the 30-year-old left.

"Yeah, disappointing. He's been great for us. I’m not sure what your opinion of him is but he’s been great within the squad, within the organisation and then obviously his performances on the field have been tremendous as well.

"So yeah, he would be a loss, no doubt.

"We certainly haven’t secured our full roster for next year and that process is always going throughout the 12 months of the year.

"There’s always contract negotiations and top-ups and those discussions happening. So it’s no different at the moment.

"We’re kind of in the heat of it at the moment, just trying to get a number of guys signed.

"So we’ll have to wait and see."

While Larkham, defence coach JP Ferreira and head coach Johann van Graan will all move on at the end of the season, the province last week announced that second row RG Snyman, who has twice ruptured his ACL, signed a two-year deal.

"No, [it wasn’t a straightforward decision], not at all, but it’s an exciting one," he said.

"I’m certainly excited by that prospect.

"We’ve seen glimpses of RG on the field and we’ve seen a lot more of him at training and around the place, and he adds a lot to this organisation. So it’s exciting.

"There’s always a concern with players and signing big contracts.

"Look at some of the big players around the world who sign big contracts and then get injured, it’s part and parcel of the game.

"In terms of where RG is at, it's expected that he will make a full recovery.

"There’s a tremendous team around him at the moment, building him back up, so we’ve got full confidence in that process."

Meanwhile, there are nine Munster players included in Andy Farrell's Ireland squad for the upcoming Guinness Six Nations.

Originally there were no United Rugby Championship ties scheduled for during the tournament, but a number of postponements has meant that some games will take place during the international window.

Larkham was asked if he thought players on the fringes of the matchday squad would benefit more from game time with the province.

"It'd be a great honour for any of the players to get the call-up and we wouldn't take that away from them," said the former Wallabies out-half.

"It is a question of whether they'd get game time.

"We'd certainly be understanding if they got called up to the international side and didn't get picked for any of the games and were just up there training, that would be frustrating for the player.

"But equally, if they were here with us they'd get a good opportunity to play games."

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