Bob Snedden

Robert Campbell Ditchburn Snedden (20 March 1867 – 3 April 1931) was a Scottish-born South African rugby union footballer.[1]

Bob Snedden
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Birth nameRobert Campbell Ditchburn Snedden
Date of birth(1867-03-20)20 March 1867
Place of birthDunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Date of death3 April 1931(1931-04-03) (aged 64)
Place of deathLiskeard, Cornwall
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Griqualand West ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1891 South Africa 1
Correct as of 15 October 2007


Snedden played only one Test for South Africa, in which he was captain, in 1891. He played for the Griqualand West province.

The British Isles rugby team embarked on a tour of South Africa in 1891, the season in which South Africa's national side would play its first ever match. Snedden did not play in the first Test, but was promoted into the lineup for the second match, and was named as skipper. He captained South Africa on 29 August 1891 against the British Isles in Kimberley. Only one try was scored in the game, by Great Britain, who won the contest 3 to nil.[2] Snedden did not play in any more Tests for South Africa. He died in Liskeard, England in 1931, aged 64.

He was also a good enough cricketer to play a first-class match for Griqualand West in the 1889/90 season.

Test historyEdit

No. Opponents Results(SA 1st) Position Tries Date Venue
1.   British Isles 0–3 Forward (c) 29 Aug 1891 Eclectic Cricket Ground, Kimberley

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Robert Campbell Ditchburn Snedden". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Edward (2001). The captains. Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball. p. 14. ISBN 1-86842-112-0. OCLC 48044997.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
H.H. Castens
Springbok Captain
Succeeded by
Alf Richards