Cape Town - Springbok Sevens regular Philip Snyman will
become the ninth South African to reach the special milestone of 35 World Rugby
Sevens Series tournaments when the Hong Kong Sevens kicks off on Friday.
The Springbok Sevens team marks 35 tournaments as a special
milestone and since the inception of the World Series in 1999, only Fabian
Juries, Marius Schoeman, Mzwandile Stick, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Chris Dry,
Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez have reached this landmark.
The versatile Snyman, who has scored 206 points (35 tries,
15 conversions) in the Blitzbok jersey since his debut for the team in Dubai in
2008, is playing in his fifth Hong Kong tournament and said the 35 tournament
marker is a significant one for him.
“Every tournament is special and to share this milestone
with such an amazing bunch of guys and with this team makes it even more so,”
said Snyman, who captained the team earlier this year in the Wellington and
“I am not only proud to be playing in my 35th tournament,
but to be able to play it with this brotherhood of men makes me even prouder. I
will cherish this for the rest of my career and enjoy every moment of it.
“To play 35 tournaments is a special milestone in this team
and I am proud to join that group who done it in the past. Hopefully we can
make this one a special one for the record books as well.”
The Blitzboks are yet to win the Cup at this iconic venue,
but this does not add any pressure on the team, according to Snyman.
“Looking at Hong Kong, special as is, it is just another
tournament in the bigger series,” said Snyman.
“We will focus on England in our first match on Friday and
not look past that. Once that is done, we will move on to the next match. This
is the seventh tournament of the season and we know that we need to establish
the foundation first and build on that.”
The Blitzboks are in Pool B and will play England at 14:50
(SA time) on Friday, April 8, and Russia (07:54) and Scotland (11:54) on
Saturday, April 9.