Rudolph Gerhardus (RG) Snyman has made 2018 his season as he has dominated as an uncompromising lock forward in Vodacom Super Rugby.
He has established himself as a barn-storming, athletic player that is as tough as they come. He completes all his lock duties with extreme efficiency but what sets him apart from other forwards is his ability to offload in the tackle, a skill most commonly attributed to backline players.
He was identified for higher honours earlier this season and Springbok head coach, Rassie Erasmus, unleashed this behemoth against England in the first June international test at Emirates Airline Park where he did little to disappoint in the green and gold of South Africa.
The 23-year-old has spent his entire professional career at Loftus Versfeld where he has represented the Vodacom Blue Bulls at U19, U21, Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup level while he has represented the Vodacom Bulls in Vodacom Super Rugby.
The Potchefstroom born, Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool schooled Snyman ran out in the colours of the Blue Bulls at the U13 Craven Week, U16 Grant Khomo Week and U18 Craven Week where his performances at U18 level saw him being selected for SA Schools team.
His rise within South African rugby has been gradual as he has ticked all the boxes at national level where he has worn the colours of South Africa U20, South Africa A and the Springboks when he became Springbok no. 906.
Given his age, South Africans can expect Snyman to challenge for a starting spot amongst the plethora of lock talent that the country boasts and has all the credentials of becoming a Springbok great.
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