Snyman’s stint may be over
18 Jun 2006
Andre Snyman’s injury bogey seems set to continue. The utility back may have broken his wrist in the 29-15 win over Scotland.
Snyman’s international career was interrupted by dual ankle breaks several years ago, but he managed to fight back and earned a re-call to White’s Bok squad this year.
He started on the wing in the first Test last weekend, but injuries to the the Bok midfield pair of Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie meant Snyman was handed the No 13 jersey and partnered Wynand Olivier in a new-look centre combination on Saturday.
His effort before being replaced was hardly inspiring. His coach tried to defend him afterwards: “Andre is trying as hard as he can. It is unfair to criticise as he is new to our setup. It really is difficult for him.”
Snyman was taken to hospital last night for scans and will get the results today. Even if they do not reveal a break it is unlikely the big man will be considered for the Test against France.
It might create an opportunity for White to start Bryan Habana at outside centre, although Fourie could be back. “I’m hoping to have Jaque back next week and I will have a chat with de Wet to see whether he is available. Habana is good at either 11 or 13,” said White.
Os du Randt was also removed, but White said it was merely a precautionary measure and he should be fine to take on the French.
By Andrew Hollely, in Port Elizabeth