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Snyman calls it a day on his rugby career



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South African international Andre Snyman will retire as a professional rugby player after Leeds Tykes final home game of the season against Rotherham this Sunday at Headingley Carnegie.

Snyman, who was capped 36 times by the Springboks, will make his 86th and final appearances for Leeds as they celebrate promotion back in to the Guinness Premiership.

The 33-year-old originally joined Leeds back in November 2003 and spent three seasons with the club before leaving last summer to rejoin the Springboks squad.

However, when things did not work out in South Africa, Snyman returned to England to help the Tykes regain their place in the Guinness Premiership.

“I have been a pro player for a long time going back to 1994 with the Bulls and I am pleased to be finishing now 14 years later on my own terms,” Snyman said.

“I decided to come back to Leeds to try and help them get back in the Premiership and then I would review the situation at the end of the season. I have done my job and business opportunities have come up that I can not afford not to make the most of.”

“It is great that I am not retiring due to injury and it is by my choosing. It will be a nice way to go and a chance for me to thank the Leeds fans at Headingley Carnegie for all their support and help down the years.”

Looking back on Snyman’s career there are many highlights. Amongst them include his debut for the Springboks in 1996, winning the Tri-Nations in 1998, coming back from a career threatening double ankle break in 2000, winning the Powergen Cup with Leeds and now helping the Tykes gain promotion.

“I couldn’t think of a better way for Andre to finish his career than in front if his home fans crowning a Championship season,” said Leeds coach Stuart Lancaster.

“I have known all the players that have played for the club since Leeds’ formation and very few possess the qualities that he displays both on and off the field, he is a true club man and a World Class player and together that makes a powerful combination.

“He goes with all our best wishes for his future career.”

National Division One Champions Leeds Tykes will be presented with the National Division One Trophy following Sunday’s game against Rotherham Titans at Headingley Carnegie.


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