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The Glendale Raptors have signed on former Springbok Andre Snyman to coach the club’s 7s team this summer, and the next.

Snyman, 37, played in 36 test matches for South Africa, scoring nine tries, and also played for the South African 7s team in the 1990s. He joined the club at the beginning of June and was on hand to watch the Raptors win the National DI Club Championships in 15s. He told that he has just started coaching the team, having urged many on the 15s team to take a break after the June 5 championship match.

“There are some good athletes on this club,” Snyman told “But I will know a lot more in the next couple of weeks. I am excited to be involved.”

Snyman’s presence is a strong indication that Glendale will be heavily active in the summer 7s season in the West. And in fact it appears that several clubs, including the Denver Barbarians, Kansas City Blues, Aspen, Dallas Harlequins, and others are all enthusiastic about trying to get to the national tournament.