André Snyman
Full names: Andries Hendrik
Date of birth: 2 Feb 1974
Place of birth: Newcastle
School: Dundee
Springbok no: 636
Debut test province: Blue Bulls
Physical: 1.87m, 97.5kg
Current age: 50

Test summary: Tests: 38 Tries: 10
First Test: 17 Aug 1996 Age:22 Outside Centre against New Zealand at Kingspark, Durban
Last Test: 17 Jun 2006 Age:32 Outside Centre against Scotland at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Test history:
17 Aug 199622Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 19-23 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
24 Aug 199622Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 26-33 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
16 Nov 199622ReserveArgentinaWin: 44-21 Ferrocarril-Oeste Stadium, Buenos AiresBlue Bulls
15 Dec 199622ReserveWalesWin: 37-20 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffBlue Bulls
10 Jun 199723Left WingTongaWin: 74-103 triesNewlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
21 Jun 199723Left WingBritainLose: 16-25 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
28 Jun 199723Right WingBritainLose: 15-18 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
05 Jul 199723Right WingBritainWin: 35-161 tryEllispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
19 Jul 199723Right WingNew ZealandLose: 32-35 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
02 Aug 199723Right WingAustraliaLose: 20-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneBlue Bulls
09 Aug 199723Left WingNew ZealandLose: 35-55 Eden Park, AucklandBlue Bulls
23 Aug 199723Left WingAustraliaWin: 61-22 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
08 Nov 199723Outside CentreItalyWin: 62-31 Dall'Ara Stadium, BolognaBlue Bulls
15 Nov 199723Outside CentreFranceWin: 36-32 Stade de Gerland, LyonBlue Bulls
22 Nov 199723Outside CentreFranceWin: 52-101 tryParc des Princes, ParisBlue Bulls
29 Nov 199723Outside CentreEnglandWin: 29-111 tryTwickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
06 Dec 199723Outside CentreScotlandWin: 68-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
13 Jun 199824Outside CentreIrelandWin: 37-13 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinBlue Bulls
20 Jun 199824Outside CentreIrelandWin: 33-0 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
27 Jun 199824Outside CentreWalesWin: 96-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
04 Jul 199824Outside CentreEnglandWin: 18-0 Newlands, Cape TownBlue Bulls
18 Jul 199824Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 14-13 Subiaco Oval, PerthBlue Bulls
25 Jul 199824Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonBlue Bulls
15 Aug 199824Outside CentreNew ZealandWin: 24-23 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
22 Aug 199824Outside CentreAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
14 Nov 199824Outside CentreWalesWin: 28-20 Wembley, LondonBlue Bulls
21 Nov 199824Outside CentreScotlandWin: 35-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghBlue Bulls
28 Nov 199824Outside CentreIrelandWin: 27-13 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinBlue Bulls
05 Dec 199824Outside CentreEnglandLose: 7-13 Twickenham, LondonBlue Bulls
07 Aug 199925Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 18-341 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
25 Aug 200127Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 15-26 Eden Park, AucklandSharks
10 Nov 200127Outside CentreFranceLose: 10-20 Stade de France, ParisSharks
01 Dec 200127Outside CentreUSAWin: 43-20 Robertson Stadium, UH, HoustonSharks
08 Jun 200228Inside CentreWalesWin: 34-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
07 Jun 200329Outside CentreScotlandWin: 29-25 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
19 Jul 200329Outside CentreNew ZealandLose: 16-52 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
10 Jun 200632Right WingScotlandWin: 36-161 tryKingspark, DurbanLeeds
17 Jun 200632Outside CentreScotlandWin: 29-15 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethLeeds

André Snyman :

André was born in Newcastle and attended Dannhauser Primary School before finishing off his schooling at Dundee High School. During his school career, André represented Natal in athletics and Northern Natal in rugby - attending the Craven Week in 1991 and 1992.

While studying at, and playing rugby for, the Pretoria Technikon, André was chosen to play rugby for the Northern Transvaal U21's in 1993. John Williams, the then Blue Bulls coach, spotted André playing for the U21's and selected him to play for the Blue Bulls in the Centre position. This was the start of a very illustruous professional career for André which saw him play for the Blue Bulls from 1994-1999, the Sharks from 2000-2003 and being capped for the Springboks on 38 occasions between 1996 and 2006.

Two horrific ankle injuries in 1999 and 2000 respectively, prevented André from achieving his ultimate goal in his career and that was to represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup tournament. However, during his 10 year career span with the Springboks, André remained a stalwart in the Centre and Wing position scoring 50 points for the Bokke. He will be most remembered for his hatrick of tries in the test against Tonga in Cape Town in 1997; and his break-away, "under the poles" try against England during the test at Twickenham, in November 1997.

André took his rugby career to new levels when he joined the Leeds Tykes in England in November 2003. He was one of the highest profile players to ever sign for the club, and during his time with the Leeds Tykes, he did not disappoint, entertaining the crowd with some outstanding performances that made him a crowd favourite and club legend. He helped the team to be promoted to the Premiership in the 2003/2004 season and again in the 2006/2007 season after they had been relegated from the top flight at the end of the previous two seasons respectively.

André announced his retirement from rugby in 2007 and played his last professional game of rugby for Leeds Tykes on 22 April 2007. His formidable presence on a rugby field has been noticeably missed since his retirement. This loyal servant of the game of rugby, lived a dream and played for the love of the game!

Andre's feet have remained firmly on the ground despite his successes on the rugby field. He enjoys playing golf and trying his hand at fishing in his spare time and is currently pursuing a career in Property Development in Durban. But he is most happy when he is at home spending time with his family.

  • Name: Andries (André) Hendrik Snyman
  • Date of Birth: 02/02/1974
  • Place of Birth: Newcastle, South Africa
  • Weight: 107kg
  • Height: 1.87m
  • Position: Centre, Wing