Snyman aims higher with Blue Bulls

HARARE - After being named amongst southern Africa’s finest Under-19 rugby players contracted by the Vodacom Blue Bulls for 2015, Eli Snyman is hoping to take another step up the rugby ladder.

The towering prop is part of a Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-19 side preparing for the Under-19 Currie Cup which starts in July.

He was recruited into the Pretoria-based side following his powerful displays during last year’s Craven Week in Middleburg.

The then Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby vice-captain was one of the few bright sparks for the Young Sables in a tournament they would like to forget after they lost all three matches.

It was no surprise that the Loftus Versfeld Stadium-based side went on to include the Zimbabwean fledgling prop along 34 other emerging stars.

“I was very overwhelmed in the beginning...but have settled in okay now,” the former St John’s College rugby captain told the Daily News from South Africa yesterday.

“I am just taking things as they come hey. The goal for now is to have a good Under-19 to set myself up for the future.”

Snyman is taking the new experience in his stride and is determined not to be just another shooting star.

“The training has been very tough hey as we are now in a professional system much harder than school rugby training,” he said.

“It is very professional here even for the Uunder-19s which has made it a great experience so far. But very tough because of the language barrier and of course being away from home for long periods of time.”

The Vodacom Blue Bulls are renowned for having one of the best junior rugby set ups in South Africa.

A fortnight ago, 10 of the Vodacom Blue Bulls juniors were named in the South African Under-20 side that will play in the World Rugby's Under-20 Championship in Italy in June.

Meanwhile, Apart from Snyman, former St Georges College’s Daniel Nyamugama is another player from the Zimbabwe school boy who was selected to feature in the Free State Cheetahs Under-19 Currie Cup side.

Former Falcon College tight head prop Stephen Bhasera is also found a home at Golden Lions Under-19 Currie Cup side.

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