André Snyman

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André Snyman
Full name Andries Hendrik Snyman
Date of birth (1974-02-02) 2 February 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Newcastle, South Africa
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
School Dundee High School, Dundee
University Pretoria Technicon
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre / Winger
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1995–1999
1998–1999
2000–2003
2001–2003
2004–2006
2006–2007
Blue Bulls
Bulls
Sharks (Currie Cup)
Sharks
Leeds Tykes
Perpignan

15

24

()
(5)
()
(30)
()
()
Correct as of 8 July 2015
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2006
1996–2006
1997
South Africa (test)
South Africa (tour)
South Africa Sevens
38
4
(50)
()
()
Correct as of 8 July 2015
Coaching career
Years Club / team    
2011–present
2016–present
Glendale Raptors
PRO Rugby (tech. adviser)

Andries Hendrik Snyman (born 2 February 1974) is a South African rugby union former player and current coach. His usual position was inside centre, but he had success on the wing at international level. Snyman earned 38 test caps for the South Africa national rugby union team, before retiring from playing in 2007. Snyman has been coaching rugby in the United States since 2011.

Playing career[edit]

Snyman was born in Newcastle, South Africa. Snyman made his Springbok debut in 1996 against the All Blacks in Durban. He went on to play 38 times for the Springboks and played his final international test match against Scotland in June 2006. He played for the Blue Bulls from 1995 to 1999 and then joined the Sharks from 2000 to 2003. Snyman joined English club Leeds Tykes for the 2003 season. During his time at Leeds he helped them win the 2004–05 Powergen Cup, in the final of which he scored a try.[1] He later moved to France, signing with USA Perpignan for the 2006–07 season. However, Snyman returned to the Tykes on loan in December 2006 in order to help their National Division One campaign. He made his debut for the Tykes against Northampton, the same day England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He scored one of the Leeds tries in the famous Powergen Cup Final against Bath, intercepting a pass from 80 m. Snyman finally retired from professional rugby at the end of the 2007 season.

In 2012 and 2013, Snyman represented the United States of America at the Rugby World Classics Tournament in Bermuda.

Snyman represented the South African 7s team at the 1997 7s Rugby World Cup in Hong Kong where they lost to Fiji in the final, 24-21, - this is the only time, to date, that South Africa has finished better than 5th place since the start of the 7s RWC in 1993.

Coaching career[edit]

Snyman moved to the United States in 2011 and helped coach the Glendale Raptors, 2011's D1 club champions. In 2012, Snyman assumed the role of head coach. In 2014, Snyman led Glendale to an 11–1 regular-season record and into the finals of the Pacific Rugby Premiership, where they lost to San Francisco Golden Gate. In 2015, Snyman and the Glendale Raptors won the Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship, beating San Francisco Golden Gate, 25-11, after going 9-3 in regular season. Snyman was named Coach of the Pacific Rugby Premiership by This Is American Rugby for the second year running in 2015.[citation needed] In 2016, Snyman and the Glendale Raptors won the Pacific Rugby Premiership, once again beating San Francisco Golden Gate, 44-20, making them back to back Pacific Rugby Premiership Champions.

Snyman was also used as a defensive specialist for the USA Sevens team under head coach Matt Hawkins.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bath 12-20 Leeds". BBC. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2013.