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8 Mar 2021
8:59 pm

South African lock Eli Snyman to join Leicester Tigers

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Treviso sports director Antonio Pavanello did not try to hide his disappointment at having the two-metre tall lock prised away.

Eli Snyman in action for the Bulls during the 2019 season, before he left to compete in Europe. Picture: Gallo Images

South African lock Eli Snyman will move to English Premiership rugby side Leicester Tigers at the end of the season, his Italian club Treviso announced Monday.

He will join countryman Marco van Staden, who is leaving the Bulls to join Leicester at the end of June.

Zimbabwe-born Snyman arrived in Italy in the summer of 2019 from the Bulls, playing 22 times for the Pro14 side.

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“I’m very grateful to the club for the opportunity it has given me over these two years,” said the 25-year-old.

“It has not been any easy season from a sporting point of view due to various circumstances.”

Treviso have lost all 12 of their Pro14 fixtures and lie bottom of Group B.

Sports director Antonio Pavanello did not try to hide his disappointment at having the two-metre tall lock, who played for South Africa U20s in the 2016 Junior World Cup, prised away.

“We’re definitely sorry and almost annoyed to lose a player like Snyman, a young profile with excellent qualities that we discovered before any other European club,” said Pavanello.

“He will go to play in a prestigious club and we wish him the best.”

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