Zimâ€™s Eli Snyman shines in SA
12 May 2016
ZIMBABWE continues to be a breeding ground for other international teams in international rugby following the inclusion of Zimbabwe born Eli Snyman in the South African Under-20 squad for next monthâ€™s World Rugby Under-20 Championship in England.
The 20-year-old Snyman was on Tuesday named in Junior Springboks Dawie Theronâ€™s 28-man squad for the tournament which runs from 7 to 25 June in Manchester.
Snyman, a lock who stands at two metres and weighs 100 kilograms was the Old Mutual Junior Sables vice-captain at the 2014 Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week staged in Middelburg.
The Junior Sables were led by prop Stephen Bhasera and lost all the three matches they played in that competition. Snyman, educated at Saint Johnâ€™s College in Harare, is now in the books of Pretoria based Blue Bulls where he was named as vice-captain for their Under-19 team competing in the age groupâ€™s Currie Cup.
The good news, however, is that players can represent any country at junior level and only decide which nation they want to play for at senior stage which means there is a chance Snyman could turn out for the Sables in future, that is if he does not get selected for the Springboks.
South Africa will face off against Japan, Argentina and France in the group stages of a competition where they finished third in Italy last year.