It was only fitting that Blitzbok’s captain Philip Snyman got his 50th tournament celebrations off to a start with his team bashing Papau New Guinea 50-0 in their first Pool match.
Snyman, making his debut at the Dubai 7s in 2008, has since played 220 matches, winning the HSBC World Rugby Sevens title in 2008/2009 as well as 2016/2017. Snyman captained the Blitzboks to victory at the Sydney 7s last year this time and his motives remain the same a year later, with focus upon the side’s success ahead of personal achievements.“We have set goals for ourselves this weekend though and it does not matter whether it is your 50th tournament, your first or tenth, you need to go out and contribute equally. We all have a role to play for the team to achieve their goals.”
Snyman expressed that it was definitely a goal of his to represent South Africa in 50 tournaments, and with this achievement he becomes only the 6th Blitzbok to ever do so. Joining the likes of other brilliant players Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika, Frankie Horne, Chris Dry and Branco du Preez.
His landmark was celebrated not only with an impactful win on the first day of the Sydney 7s, but with a special gold cap and jersey, which were presented by former captain Kyle Brown and star Cecil Afrika at the jersey handover during the week.
The Blitzboks look off to a fantastic start, and under the guidance of Snyman’s captaincy, maybe their tournament medal will be of the same colour as his special cap.
BLITZBOKS WITH 50 TOURNAMENTS AND OVER
Frankie Horne (68)
Chris Dry (63)
Kyle Brown (60)
Branco Du Preez (57)
Cecil Afrika (55)
Philip Snyman (50)