Newfoundland Rugby Community Honors Rod Snow
January 31, 2012 8:04 PM
In celebration of his long standing as a member of the Canadian National Men's Rugby team, as well as his participation with the Newfoundland/the Rock provincial team, the Newfoundland rugby community honoured Rod Snow with a dinner and roast.
Along with honouring Snow, the 150 in attendance acknowledged the accomplishments of the Newfoundland under 16 side, who finished 2nd in the 2011 National Championships. The night also acted as The Rock Appreciation Dinner for sponsors and VIPs, whose contributions make the Rock Program financially viable and competitive with the mainland teams.
Although the weather from the previous day attempted to prevent the guests from attending the dinner, which took place at the Swilers' clubhouse in St. John's, they braved the elements and were treated to not only a fantastic feast but also a night of entertaining and humourous rugby tales.
Al Charron, former National team captain, roasted his good friend and teammate with a collection of stories about old times as well as a few tales about some embarrassing moments. All done in good fun, Charron also shared a few stories about fellow guest, former National team coach and current Director of the The Rock program, Pat Parfrey.
Not being able to attend, but sending his greetings was the Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay. MacKay prepared a statement that said, "To Rod, our honoured guest. I extend my sincere best wishes and thanks for all that you have done to elevate rugby in Atlantic Canada and the country. You struck an imposing figure on the field with your thundering hits and powerful push and drives. When the ball was in your hands it was not coming loose and when you took off on a ramble, things were going to happen. On and off the field, at home and away..."
Rod responded in kind and showed that he could both dish it out and take it, recalling old war stories with the entire group. Snow also took the occasion to speak from the heart about the people who mattered in his life and career.
Rod Snow, who was accompanied by his lovely wife Elizabeth, was feted by rugby supporters, young and old, from the area and beyond for an outstanding career at the club, provincial, professional and national levels.
Also present were many past team members from Rod's club and provincial days. It was a great night of stories and laughs with the celebration carrying on to various establishments on the world famous George Street after the reception.