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Rudolph Gerhardus Snyman (born (1995-01-29)29 January 1995, in Potchefstroom, South Africa) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and Honda Heat in the Japanese Top League.[1] His regular position is lock.

RG Snyman
RG Snyman, Blou Bulle, 5-2017, a.jpg
Full nameRudolph Gerhardus Snyman
Date of birth (1995-01-29) 29 January 1995 (age 24)
Place of birthPotchefstroom, South Africa
Height2.07 m (6 ft 9 12 in)
Weight117 kg (18 st 6 lb; 258 lb)
SchoolAfrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Honda Heat
Youth Career
2008–2014 Blue Bulls
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2016 Blue Bulls 23 (5)
2015–2019 Bulls 49 (10)
2017 Blue Bulls XV 1 (0)
2017–present Honda Heat 12 (25)
Correct as of 11 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 South Africa Schools 3 (0)
2015 South Africa Under-20 5 (0)
2016 South Africa 'A' 2 (0)
2016 Springbok XV 1 (0)
2017 World XV 1 (0)
2018–present South Africa 21 (5)
Correct as of 21 October 2019

CareerEdit

YouthEdit

He represented the Blue Bulls since primary school level, when he played in the 2008 Under-13 Craven Week competition. He then represented them at the 2011 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in East London, where he scored a try in their match against Boland.[2]

He also represented them at the 2013 Under-18 Craven Week tournament in Polokwane, where he made three appearances. After the tournament, Snyman was selected in the South Africa Schools team that played three matches against European counterparts in August 2013; he started their matches against England,[3] France,[4] and Wales,[5] helping them to victories in all three matches.

After secondary school, he joined the Blue Bulls Academy and represented the Blue Bulls U19 side during the 2014 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He got of to a flying start for the U19s, scoring a try in their opening match of the season in a 29–17 victory over Eastern Province U19.[6] He eventually played in ten matches during the regular season, contributing one more try in their match against Free State U19[7] and helping them to finish top of the log to qualify to the semi-finals. He started both the semi-final – a 43–20 win against the Sharks U19[8] – and the final, which they lost 26–33 against the hosts Western Province U19 in Cape Town.[9]

2015–Edit

In 2015, Snyman was included in the Bulls Super Rugby squad prior to the 2015 Super Rugby season[10] despite not having featured in any first class matches up to that point. However, he didn't get any game time and reverted to the Blue Bulls squad for the 2015 Vodacom Cup. He made his senior debut in the first match of that competition, a 37–13 victory over Gauteng rivals the Falcons in Kempton Park.[11] He also started their next three matches against the Leopards,[12] Golden Lions,[13] and Pumas.[14]

He was named in a 37-man training squad for the South Africa national under-20 rugby union team[15] and featured for them in a friendly match against a Varsity Cup Dream Team in April 2015.[16] Despite missing out on their two-match tour of Argentina,[17] he was named in the final squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship upon the team's return.[18] He started all three of their matches in Pool B of the competition; a 33–5 win against hosts Italy,[19] a 40–8 win against Samoa[20] and a 46–13 win over Australia[21] to help South Africa finish top of Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals with the best record pool stage of all the teams in the competition. Snyman started their semi-final match against England, but could not prevent them losing 20–28 to be eliminated from the competition by England for the second year in succession[22] and also started their third-place play-off match against France, helping South Africa to a 31–18 win to secure third place in the competition.[23]

In June 2015, he extended his contract at the Bulls until October 2017.[24]

South Africa 'A'Edit

In 2016, Snyman was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[25] He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein,[26] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[27] He then started the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.[28]

Toyota Industries ShuttlesEdit

Snyman joined Japanese Top Challenge League side Honda Heat for the 2017 Top Challenge League season.[29]

Senior South AfricaEdit

Snyman was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[30] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – RG Snyman". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls 25-5 Boland". South African Rugby Union. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 19-14 England". South African Rugby Union. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 17-13 France". South African Rugby Union. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa 14-13 Wales". South African Rugby Union. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 29-17 EP Kings U19". South African Rugby Union. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Free State U19 25-50 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 43-20 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province U19 33-26 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Vodacom Bulls Team". Bulls. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hino Valke 13-37 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 46-25 Leopards XV". South African Rugby Union. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Xerox Golden Lions 24-12 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 20-18 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Junior Bok training squad confirmed". South African Rugby Union. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Varsity Cup XV 24-31 South Africa U/20". South African Rugby Union. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  17. ^ "SARU names Junior Bok squad for Argentine tour". South African Rugby Union. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Liebenberg to lead Junior Boks at U20 World Championship in Italy". South African Rugby Union. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Italy U20 5-33 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  20. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 40-8 Samoa U20". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 46-13 Australia U20". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  22. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 20-28 England U20". South African Rugby Union. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  23. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – France U20 18-31 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  24. ^ "Vodacom Blue Bulls name Absa Currie Cup squad" (Press release). Bulls. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  25. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  26. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  27. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  28. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 26-29 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  29. ^ "Two Bulls sign in Japan". SuperSport. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  30. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  31. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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