Blitzboks captain forced to call it quits


Springbok Sevens captain Philip Snyman has announced his retirement from all rugby following a career-ending back injury.

The 32-year-old three-time World Rugby Sevens Series champion ends his career for the Blitzboks as their most successful captain, leading them to two Sevens Series crowns and a bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup.

Snyman, who debuted for the Blitzboks in 2008 and was part of the historic squad who won their first Sevens Series title that season, was also an Olympic Games bronze medallist in 2016.

In all, Snyman played in 62 Sevens Series tournaments and 276 matches for the Blitzboks, scoring 69 tries and 15 conversions for a total of 376 points, while he captained the side in 28 tournaments. He represented South Africa at World Cups in Dubai (2008), Moscow (2013) and San Francisco (2018), making him the only Blitzbok to play at three World Cup tournaments.

‘It is a reality for any rugby player that his career may be cut short by injury at any given time, and I was blessed in many ways to have played for more than a decade,’ said Snyman, who also represented the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup.

‘In a perfect world, one would prefer to end your career on your own terms, but I am not complaining. Rugby brought me so many brilliant memories and afforded me so many opportunities, and my path crossed with such a diverse and wonderful group of people. I will be forever grateful for that.’