MARIETTE ADAMS chats to the Helpmekaar and SA Schools flank.
SNYMAN ON …
PLAYING AGE-GROUP PROVINCIAL RUGBY
‘It’s a great honour for me to have played for the Valke at U13 level, and the Golden Lions at U16 and U18 levels. It pushed me to work harder. Those selections prove I’ve got the ability to go far, but so do a lot of other boys. Playing age-group rugby at the highest level does not guarantee success at senior level.’
PLAYING FOR SA SCHOOLS THIS YEAR
‘Our performances were disappointing and losing like that was no fun. Things went well in training and the coaches were great, but as players we let ourselves down with poor execution. The experience of being part of the SA Schools squad was really nice. Off the field, with all the other guys there, we had nice vibe going.’
HIS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
‘One of my greatest strengths is my versatility. I’m also a strong ball-carrier. I’d love to be a fetcher and I’m working hard on that aspect of my game. There are always things to improve on, and I’d like to think that with every game I play, I will continue to develop every facet of my game.’
HIS SHORT- AND LONG-TERM GOALS
‘I’ve been included in the Golden Lions Craven Week squad again and would love to play for SA Schools. In the long run, I’m no different from my peers: I want to earn a living by playing professional rugby. Away from sport, my dream is to study architecture. Drawing is the one passion that may exceed my love of rugby.’
THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON HIS CAREER
‘My dad Mike taught me the basics of rugby from a young age. All the things I’ve learned from other coaches have been add-ons, but my dad has been the best mentor I’ve had. He constantly pushes me to be the best version of myself.’
THE PLAYER WHO INSPIRES HIM
‘Schalk Burger is such a fierce competitor and seems like a nice guy off the field too. Something that really inspired me was how he overcame severe illness to come back and play at the highest level again.’
BALANCING ACADEMICS AND SPORT
‘It does get difficult, especially during exams, but it’s all about time management. You have to perfect that to get the best out of yourself.’
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIM
– Grew up and still lives in Boksburg, but attended Laerskool Elspark in Germiston before enrolling at Helpmekaar Kollege in Braamfontein.
– Favourite school subject is engineering graphics and design.
– Youngest of two children (older brother, Michael, is a student).
– Played for the Valke U13 Craven Week team in 2012 and for the Golden Lions U16 Grant Khomo and U18 Craven Week teams.
– Scored four tries for the Golden Lions (two each at U16 and U18).
– Represented SA Schools A in 2016, and SA U18 Sevens and SA Schools in 2017.
– His SA Schools, SA Schools A and SA U18 Sevens caps are his most treasured accolades.
– Runs in the 100m and 200m.
SHAUN JACKSON (HELPMEKAAR 1st XV)
‘Mark is the most talented player I’ve had the privilege of working with. It’s not only his skills and talent, but also his knowledge of the game that impresses. He is a true inspiration to all his teammates and brings an extraordinary dynamic to each practice. He always gives 100% on the field and is definitely a player to watch. He has all the skills, speed and an unrelenting passion for the game we all love.’
Other teams: Valke U13; Golden Lions U16, U18; SA Schools A; SA U18 Sevens; SA Schools
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