Recalled Springbok back Andre Snyman is in awe at the young talent emerging in South Africa.
Snyman, still in shock after his surprise reinstatement to the Springboks, said he felt the future of Bok rugby was in good hands. He singled out Bulls centre Wynand Olivier and Sharks scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar as extra special talents.
“It’s amazing to watch these guys in action. The commitment and professionalism is incredible, but what struck me the most was the raw talent they have,” the 32-year-old told keo.co.za.
“There is plenty of young talent coming through and guys like Wynand and Ruan are coming on in leaps and bounds,” he said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for them to grow and show their skills.”
Snyman is expected to play on the wing when the Boks run out for the World XV game next weekend and is looking forward to the opportunity to get back to winning ways after playing the last of his 36 Tests at centre against New Zealand in 2003, losing 16-52.
It will be a dream come true after the midfielder turned wing thought his international career was over. “It was such a big surprise (to get the call from White). I didn’t expect to get in because Jake was building a solid unit with youngsters and depth in all positions.”
“While I earned most of my Test caps at centre I have been playing on the wing for two years at Leeds (Tykes) and I feel I can definitely add something to the cause.”
When questioned about the lack of pace, Snyman grinned: “If you look at Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa you talk of a difference of a fraction of a second in pace. It’s not all about out and out pace, but rather how you use it to get past the opposition.”
The Boks seem to have the midfield covered, but should injury intervene, Snyman would be more than happy to leap at the opportunity. â€œIâ€™m just thrilled to be here and itâ€™s such a great environment to be in. Iâ€™ll play wherever they put me.â€
By Andrew Hollely, in Bloemfontein