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Well-travelled Eagle lands back in the Nest

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Dan Snee is at home in the Hutt.

HAVING BEEN to all four corners of the rugby globe, Dan Snee has come back to where he played all his junior rugby – Hutt Old Boys Marist.

After almost a year at high-level rugby, most recently for Japanese club Sanyo, Snee decided to spend some time back in New Zealand and was immediately snapped up by the Eagles’ premier side.

It’s his first stint with the club at this level. “I always thought I would come back and play senior rugby for Hutt Old Boys Marist: It’s pretty cool,” says Snee.

As luck would have it he has come back for the club’s 100th anniversary year.

When Snee left school, he went to Otago University and played five seasons for Varsity RFC.

In Otago he established himself in the provincial set-up, played for Otago under 21s and Otago B, and made his first-class debut for the Otago National Provincial Championship team in 2008.

He also represented New Zealand as a member of the under-19 World Cup squad in 2003 and travelled to France with such players as Hosea Gear, Rudi Wulf and Jamie Mackintosh.

Having being sent by Otago to North Yorkshire in 2004 to play for Wharfdale for a season, and travelling to Japan, Malaysia and Australia for the New Zealand Universities in 2007, Snee knows how fortunate he has been with his time abroad.

“For me to see parts of the world in the last five years which most people don’t get to see in their lifetimes has probably been the most enjoyable thing out of rugby,” he says.

Playing for the Sanyo Wild Knights, Snee says he and partner Kate Hansen didn’t realise how good they had it until they returned home.

The club and the company looked after us well, he says. “It’s really made the desire to travel even stronger now.”

Snee’s agent will be talking with European clubs so his season with Hutt might not be a full one. But Snee is keen to help out where he can.

“I always wanted to come back and hopefully share my knowledge, because they have done so much for me and gave me the chance to go to Australia for the junior rugby trip.”

Snee says although he will be leaving, playing for the Eagles again some time is “a definite”.

“I don’t think I could handle the harassment from mum.”

Disclosure: Dan Snee is the writer’s brother.

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