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Snyman embracing tough stuff at Tigers

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Eli Snyman is enjoying the chance to mix it in what the South African believes is one of rugby's toughest competitions.

The Zimbabwean-born lock, who arrived at Leicester Tigers after a stint with Treviso in Italy, made his debut appearance in the opening round of the 21/22 season before gaining his first start in the away win at Gloucester.

Speaking from the club's Oval Park training ground, as the squad prepares for the arrival of Saracens on Saturday (October 2) afternoon in Round 3 of the new season, Snyman admitted to being "blown away" by the "occasion" of a Premiership matchday.

"I've been blown away by the occasion it is on the day," he said.

"It's really awesome."

Quizzed on the comparison to Super Rugby and Pro14, he added: "The Prem is really physical ... it's been tough."

Following his debut for the The Bulls during the 2019 Super season, the second rower made the move to Treviso ahead of the 2019/20 European season.

When asked about the experience and 'gamble' of moving to Europe at only 23, he replied: "If you train hard and put your best foot forward, you are in control of your own future, destiny."

Snyman joined a hard-working group of Leicester locks in Calum Green, Harry Wells and a host of youngsters in Cameron Henderson, Ollie Chessum and George Martin this season and has enjoyed linking up with the "awesome" Tigers.

"Cal Green, Harry Wells are just awesome lads and have really helped me since coming in and all of the detail with the lineouts and the way things work," he said.

On his own role in the group, he added: "I just feel that I can add to a strong set piece; that's something that i take a lot of pride in."

Watch Snyman's Press Session above on LTTV.