Sharks lock Johan Snyman has left Durban and will be available for the Lions this Currie Cup season.
Joe Snyman was one of four young Sharks to represent the South African Under 19 team in the inaugural IRB Youth World Cup, back in 2005. Alistair Hargreaves captained the team that won the trophy that year, in Durban. JC Strauss and Frans Steyn were also in the side.
Snyman went on to make a single appearance for the Sharks in the 2006 Currie Cup, but has battled to force his way into the senior team ever since. A season spent playing with the Hawke’s Bay Magpies in 2008 led to an offer to join the Highlanders for this year’s Super 14 – however, Snyman was still contracted to the Sharks at the time and had to make do representing the Sharks XV in the Vodacom Cup. He was called up to the Super 14 squad as a replacement for Hargreaves on tour, but never managed to get onto the park.
Snyman has been named on the Lions bench for their friendly this evening. His loss may just be felt this Currie Cup, particularly with Hargreaves still injured and both Johann Muller and now Steven Sykes called up to the Bok squad. Young Jandre Marais, fresh from a stint with the Under 20 Boks, will start in the number 4 jersey that may well have gone to Snyman had he not left.
Best of luck, Joe!Tweet