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Snyman to coach Sri Lanka

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 17 Aug 2008 at 20:59

One of the most successful and respected rugby coaches in South Africa, Dawie Snyman, is on his way to Sri Lanka.

OFM Sport reported on Sunday that Snyman, who coached Western Province and won the Currie Cup five consecutive times from 1982 to 1986, has been named coach of Sri Lanka’s Sevens, 15-man and Under-20 rugby teams. Norman Laker will be Snyman’s assistant coach.

Snyman is currently the head coach of Paul Roos who were beaten 47-15 by Grey College in a FNB Classic Clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Snyman is also a former Springbok Sevens and Lions coach. His first task will be to coach the Sri Lanka Sevens team which will take part in the World Cup qualifying Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong on October 4 and 5.


  • Good luck Mr Snyman.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.08 09:26:13 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Sri Lankans are not known for the size. Gonna be difficult.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.08 09:27:03 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • He didn’t make it when he coached the Lions, but I guess almost no-one has….LOL!

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.08.08 13:54:28 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.08.08 14:19:35 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • The Sri Lanka Rugby Union is celebrating it’s centenary this year. :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.08.08 14:27:37 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • 1879 (30th June) – First Rugby match played in Sri Lanka between two selected teams, namely the Colombo Football Club vs The World.

    Would love to see ‘The World’s’ team sheet. :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.08.08 14:51:33 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : Christopher Columbus’s crew? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.08 14:55:21 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : AKA RC Toulon

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.08.08 14:56:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : Seems everybody’s a comedian these days. :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.08.08 14:58:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : we try very hard to keep you entertained ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.08.08 15:09:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : And since I have really stepped on your toes…. Just trying to make up for some ill feelings… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.08.08 15:17:13 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 11) : huh! :???:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.08 15:19:30 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : SB bru SB!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.08.08 15:22:48 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 13) : I’m even more confused now. No idea what you’re talking about. :oops: :?: What happened on SB? Apart from me being in a free fall down the leaderboard.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.08.08 15:30:00 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : You not THE McLovin that had the no 1spot in the Tri-Nations? Then say sorry to your brudda. :grin:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.08.08 15:35:51 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 15) : I see. It are I. I was as surprised as anybody when I saw myself reach top spot. :lol: Congrats & good luck to you. It’s tough at the top. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.08.08 15:40:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : That I know. Was at no1 at S14 and ended up 4th. Never mind, I’m not celebrating yet, you are too close. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.08.08 15:42:52 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    I have reffed the Sri lankans twice in Dubai at the 7′s and don’t be surprised.

    There are some BIG mothers in there, so much so that we actually commented that they shouldn’t have used such big guys for 7s.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.08.08 16:25:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Interesting. :smile:

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.08.08 16:34:11 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • I have refered to 10′s a few times in the past and it seems SA has now woken up to 10′s Good on you Bobby.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.08.08 16:51:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Former Springbok stars Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck have promised to put Cape Town on the map, after launching an exciting and ground-breaking Rugby Tens tournament that is set to take place in the Mother City in February 2009.

    Skinstad, a World Cup winner last year, and Fleck, a former Bok vice-captain, made this pledge at the launch of this event at the BMW Pavillion at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront on Friday evening.

    The aptly-named Cape Town Tens – a two-day festival of rugby, with a large emphasis, of course, on post-match enjoyment – will take place under the auspices of South Africa’s oldest rugby club, Hamiltons, on February 7-8, 2009.

    And the former Boks – both of whom boast extensive playing experience, having played at various levels across South Africa, Australasia and Europe for many years – believe the Cape Town Tens will help put the city on the map ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

    “A bunch of expats travel the world playing Tens rugby across Asia and it’s about time that they came to Africa,” said Skinstad, who has played in a few of these Tens tournaments himself. “Cape Town has always been seen as the most cosmopolitan city in the country, so it made sense in every aspect to make the Mother City the home of Tens rugby in Africa.”

    Fleck, who made his Tens debut in Bangkok in February of this year, added: “I’ve played just one Tens tournament, but already I’m a convert. It caters for all shapes and sizes, whilst we think Cape Town is the ultimate venue, with the perfect attractions and people here, who will help make the tournament a massive success both on and off the field.”

    However, Skinstad and Fleck will not be going at it alone, with the duo joining forces with Tournament Director Ron Rutland, himself a veteran of a few Tens tournaments as a player, but, more recently, as one of the organisers of the very successful Bangkok Tens.

    Rutland, who has known Skinstad since the early 1990s, invited the former Bok skipper to play for the ‘Jamboys’ in the Bangkok Tens in 2006. After missing the 2007 event due to Super 14 commitments, Skinstad – with Fleck in tow – returned to Bangkok in 2008, which is how the idea of the Cape Town Tens first began.

    “After chatting to Ron in Bangkok, it just made sense,” revealed Fleck. “Cape Town shouldn’t have to stand back to any other city in the world… Plus, we believe Tens rugby has the potential to become rugby’s version of 20/20 and we want the South African rugby public to join in the fun.

    “Obviously the rugby is important, and the level of (rugby) support in Cape Town is always absolutely fantastic, but we’re hoping that the Cape Town Tens becomes more than just a rugby event and something of a regular fixture on the social calendar – much like the J&B Met is in Cape Town every February.”

    Tournament Director Rutland, who played alongside Fleck and Skinstad in the 2008 Bangkok Tens, explained the rationale behind playing this 10-a-side version of the game.

    “With no loose forwards on the pitch it opens things up a bit more and lets the backs have a go,” said Rutland, “but, at the same, you can’t neglect your scrums and line-outs and there’s even a time and a place for a bit of rucking.”

    Looking at the tournament itself, Rutland has high hopes ahead of the 2009 Cape Town Tens, saying: “When we started the Bangkok Tens in 2004 there were just 16 teams and the tournament was played on a dustbowl doubling up as a pitch.

    “Now there are 32 teams playing, the games are played at a top private school in Bangkok and before it starts some 600 kids take part in a massive mini-rugby festival. I have no doubt in my mind that the Cape Town Tens will achieve just that – only bigger, better and quicker.”

    The 2009 Cape Town Tens will get going with a lavish pre-tournament function on Friday, February 6, before the round robin action gets underway the following day. There will be three levels of action; the beer league (for those that want to have a bit of fun off the park!), the veteran league (for those a bit long in the tooth) and the premier league.

    The first day will see all the teams take part in the round robin phase, before moving to the knockout stages the next day. Win or lose on the Saturday, all the teams will have a chance to play more matches on the second day – eventually culminating in the various finals.

    “When I played in Bangkok, we played in the premier league and it was actually very competitive. In fact, some youngsters showed me a thing or two!” said Fleck. “But even that ended with a couple of beers being shared and some friends being made, many of whom we’re hoping to lure to Cape Town in February.”

    Fleck has already had contact with the likes of former All Blacks great Josh Kronfeld, whilst ex-Wallabies Pat Howard, Tim Horan and David Wilson have all expressed a keen interest to play, along with Samoan stars Zak Feaunati, George Harder and Mike Umaga.

    “I have already spoken to some of my old teammates like Corné (Krige) and André Vos to come and join in the fun – they have no excuse not to play,” said Fleck.

    “At the same time, however, we would also like to target the likes of Christian Cullen, Gregor Townsend, Will Greenwood and Allan Bateman, all of whom would help make this a truly international event.”

    Skinstad, meanwhile, claims to have sounded out Toks van der Linde – “just to get the props involved!” – whilst former British stars Kenny Logan (Scotland) and Paul Wallace (Ireland) all want to be part of the inaugural Cape Town Tens.

    “It’s very important not to forget about the props,” quipped Skinstad. “Props, hookers and locks also get old and they’re not exactly equipped to go and play Sevens!

    “Sevens is basically all about one link man and six gas men, whereas Tens gives you that space, but also doesn’t neglect the basics of the game.”

    An official public launch – watch the press for more details – will take place in November, when the Cape Town Tens committee hopes to announce which big-name players will be in attendance. An announcement will also be made concerning which local charity the tournament will support in order to give something else back to the City of Cape Town.

    “Already we’ve been very lucky to have the support and full backing of the V&A Waterfront and it seems rather appropriate that Hamiltons – the oldest rugby club in the country – are also involved not just as hosts, but as official partners of the tournament,” said Fleck, who also confirmed that Castle Lager had already signed on as the Cape Town Tens’ first sponsor.

    “We’re expecting a competitive two days of rugby, coupled with plenty of fun afterwards for all the players and supporters, some high-level coaching clinics for any aspirant youngsters out there and an opportunity for this tournament to become an integral part of the Tens circuit.”

    Skinstad concluded: “Judging by the interest from potential sponsors and players, I can safely say that the Cape Town Tens is on track to become the Hong Kong Sevens of its time. We have one of the best in the business in (Tournament Director) Ron Rutland on board and we believe can make this a truly special annual event in years to come.

    “Fleckie and I have played social rugby all over the world – and we love it. Now, we have a chance to reciprocate and play host to all the wonderful characters and legends of the game that we have had so many good times with. With Cape Town in the mix we’re hoping to make this ‘party at our place’ the hot ticket to have in the rugby world.”

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.08.08 16:54:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • 10′s ?

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.08.08 16:54:39 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • “A bunch of expats travel the world playing Tens rugby across Asia and it’s about time that they came to Africa,”

    You have NO IDEA how big the 10′s circuit is in the middle and far east. :shock: :cool:

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.08.08 16:54:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 22) :

    that is the usual response :lol:

    At the Dubai 7′s the 0ver 35′s play 10′s rather than 7′s. (tight 5 and 5 backs)

    You only play 7 minutes each way as in 7′s and all other 7′s Laws apply but it just gives you an extra few players to help cover on defence and you have rolling substitutes.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.08.08 16:56:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • What’s the difference between 10′s & 7′s. apart from the obvious.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.08.08 16:57:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Thanks. It’s like your read my mind. :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.08.08 16:59:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) :

    7′s – 7 players per team

    10′s – 10 players per team

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.08.08 17:01:49 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • There was a 10′s tournie in Bromley Kent on Saturday. :cool: If only I had known.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.08.08 17:01:59 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 27) : :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh ! that explains it then :wink: :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.08.08 17:03:55 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA SharketteCurrie Cup player
  • @wpw (Comment 27) : You funny, funny man. :wink:

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.08.08 17:04:03 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • There is a lot more rucking and tight non set phases in 10′s so the game is a bit slower than 7′s. Unless you have a team of youngsters who are keen to try and outpace the old ballies.

    We let the development teams “UAE falcons, Sri lankan Tigers” etc. play in the 10′s even though they don’t have the over 35 age requirement. iIt then gives them more play time while they try and encourage the “onlookers” to participate.

    The locals have a very limited interest in the game and cannot field a suitable XV man team so playing 10′s is a great experience for them

    The Women also play 1 10′s tourny a month from Sept to May.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.08.08 17:09:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 30) :

    Funny – haha or Funny – weird?

    No need to answer :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.08.08 17:10:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I guess Bobby was a World Cup winner in 10′s!??!

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.08.08 17:13:26 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Will it be known as Rob Bobs or Bob’s Rob??

    wpw, I know it’s lame, just love to play wiff names. :grin:

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.08.08 17:13:55 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) : And then there was…….Hmmm? :shock:

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.08.08 17:15:39 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • Howzit Hmmm???

    We missed your scrumming expertise on the site today. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.08.08 17:18:28 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @Hmmm (Comment 33) :

    Hey Hmmm, longtime no see?

    Bobby was in the RWC squad in 2007 as far as I recall?

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.08.08 17:20:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Why is it that these forms of rugby are huge in “non rugby” regions but generally fall flat in the traditional rugby playing countries. I suppose it will be good for a piss up – which actually seems to be the aim behind the game.

    Also good to know that Bobby and Fleckie will single handedly be able to put Cape Town on the map. Legends I tell you.

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.08.08 17:25:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Khotso Mokoena has won South Africa’s first medal at the Beijing Olympic Games when he took silver in the men’s long jump. :cool:

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.08.08 17:39:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 39) : Yeah, we’re not to be trifled with…..

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.08.08 17:44:15 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : bromley? That’s very close to me… you should’ve pooped in!

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.08.08 17:57:57 by robdylan Reply
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