Zimbabwe: Leicester Tigers Sign Zim Rugby Star Eli Snyman

FORMER Zimbabwe rugby youth international Eli Snyman has made a massive lead in his fledgling career after sealing a move to English Premiership side Leicester Tigers from Italian club Benetton Rugby.

The 24-year-old towering lock, who attended St John’s College in Harare, has been based in Italy since 2019 when he left South African side Bulls.

In his debut season in Italy, Snyman, featured 22 times for the PRO14 side which reportedly caught the attention of Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick. At Benetton, Snyman was teammates with fellow Zimbabwean and now Italian international Sebastian Negri.

Discussing his move to Tigers, Snyman said he was “excited” about linking up with his Leicester team-mates under Borthwick’s leadership.

“Speaking with Steve, I am really excited about his vision for the club and I have been following the games so far this season and it has been great to see the team doing well, it’s exciting to know I will be a part of it,” he said in an interview with Leicester Tigers’ official website

“When Steve speaks, you know he is a good leader and you want to follow him.”

When asked about what he will bring to the Tigers squad, Snyman added: “I am all about the guys around me and a hard working player, who shuts up and gets on with the job.”

“I take a lot of pride in the set piece and am looking forward to playing my role in the Tigers team.

“I am expecting a physical game in the Premiership and looking forward to it.”

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