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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 15:36 GMT 16:36 UK
Snow plans farewell against Wales
Rod Snow
Dragons prop Rod Snow may be returning to his native Canada at the end of the season, but he hopes to leave more bruises on Welsh players in the summer.

The 34-year-old says he would like to add to his 55 Canada caps by featuring against Wales in Toronto on 11 June.

"Canada have got a couple of games this summer and I'd certainly like to be in for the Wales match," he told the BBC.

"The possibility then exists of playing for my home province, Newfoundland, in the Canadian championships."

Snow will head back to Canada in early June, ending his 10 years of competitive rugby at Rodney Parade with the Dragons' Celtic Cup campaign.

"It will be a hell of a sad occasion, but it feels like the right time and it's a family decision to go back home," said Snow.

The club really needs some stability
Rod Snow on the Dragons
"The biggest highlight has been the people I've played with. Not just great players like Gary Teichmann and Shane Howarth, but the many other great friends I've found.

"Playing-wise it would have to be winning the Principality Cup in 2001, Gary's last game at the club. That was special.

"It made the front page of the newspapers back home - for a rugby story to do that is very rare!"

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of Snow's eventful decade at Rodney Parade has been the transformation of the premier playing team from Newport RFC into the Newport Gwent Dragons.

"It might be politically incorrect for me to say this, but I still feel like I'm playing for a Newport team when I play for the Dragons," said the prop.

"I don't push my views on any other players or fans, but that's just the way I see it.

"Regional rugby probably is the right way forward, though, even if it's been a rocky road.

"If you look at the way Wales are going it's hard to argue with that."

For the Dragons to progress, though, Snow insists that they must find stability.

Rod Snow (bottom right) chairs captain Gary Teichmann after winning the Principality Cup
Winning the Principality Cup was the highlight of Snow's career
Paul Turner is expected to arrive as the new coach for next season, making him the fourth man in command at Rodney Parade in three seasons of regional rugby.

"The club really needs some stability," argues Snow.

"The players deserve that and coaches need to be given the chance to surround themselves with people they think can be successful if they are to build a team."

For all his achievements in Newport, Snow remains uneasy with the any suggestion of hero status in his final days in Wales.

"People have told me I'm seen as one of the greats at the club, but to be honest I feel a bit uncomfortable with that," he said.

"I came here in 1995 and just went out and tried my best, that's all I've ever done.

"Newport's been a big part of my life. I'm just happy to have been here and accomplished so much, it's something I'll always be proud of."

  • A testimonial game for Snow will be played at Rodney Parade on Friday, 20 May (1915 BST).

    Gary Teichmann, Gareth Rees and Shane Howarth are amongst the names confirmed for the match.




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