Dawie Snyman
Full names: Dawid Stefanus Lubbe
Date of birth: 5 Jul 1949
Place of birth: Johannesburg
School: Grey College
Springbok no: 453
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.73m, 77kg
Current age: 73

Test summary: Tests: 10 Tries: 1
First Test: 3 Jun 1972 Age:22 Flyhalf against England at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 27 Aug 1977 Age:28 Full Back against World Invitation at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Test history:
03 Jun 197222FlyhalfEnglandLose: 9-183 penaltiesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
08 Jun 197424FlyhalfBritainLose: 3-121 dropgoalNewlands, Cape TownWP
22 Jun 197424ReserveBritainLose: 9-28 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
23 Nov 197425Full BackFranceWin: 13-4 Stade Municipal, ToulouseWP
30 Nov 197425Full BackFranceWin: 10-8 Parc des Princes, ParisWP
21 Jun 197525Full BackFranceWin: 38-251 conversion, 1 penaltyFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
28 Jun 197525Full BackFranceWin: 33-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
14 Aug 197627Full BackNew ZealandLose: 9-15 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
04 Sep 197627Full BackNew ZealandWin: 15-101 dropgoalNewlands, Cape TownWP
27 Aug 197728Full BackWorld InvitationWin: 45-241 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP

Dawie Snyman : Doc Craven

I saw Dawie as a schoolboy playing for Free State during Craven Week and I immediately knew he was a potential Springbok.

When he was called up to do his military service he seemed to disappear from the rugby scene for a while and I asked his brother Jackie, who was then at Stellenbosch, what had happened to Dawie. He replied that Dawie had hurt his foot. But in addition to the injury, I think he had lost interest in rugby at that point in his life.

In order to be accepted at any university, one has to obtain a certain percentage in matric. Dawie had applied to come to Stellenbosch as his mother's family and his father had all been at Dagbreek Hostel during their varsity days; however, he didn't qualify to stay in Dagbreek.

We had temporary housing for students though, and so I put two beds in one of the rooms for Dawie and another Free Stater from Kroonstad. Shortly afterwards there was a vacancy in Dagbreek and he moved in. A few years later, when the Springbok team was chosen Dawie wasn't selected as flyhalf, which was the position he preferred. At the same time I said to him: "Dawie, I don't need you as a flyhalf either (for Stellenbosch), because I've got Robbie Blair, who is also a fine placekicker, in that position."

So Dawie moved to the fullback position from where he played himself into the Springbok team.

Eventually I also told him when to stop playing as he had became prone to concussion, and although he still had a number of good rugby years in him, he listened to my advice.

A versatile player and a very determined one, who was of great value to the Springboks. A successful coach for Western Province, and a man who has rendered great service to the game.