Snowden: From chess prodigy to NSW prop

From high ranking junior chess competitor in the Hunter Region, to the front row of the fiercest sporting rivalry in the world, Kade Snowden is a prop on a mission.<br><br>Snowden is salivating at the chance to take on the much vaunted Maroons outfit and test himself at the highest level.<br><br>“They are a big pack and a good side,” he said.<br><br>“Everyone wants to come up against this side and show they can be beat.”<br><br>When asked by NRL.com about his chess playing ability Snowden laughed, before sheepishly pointing out that he only played for a year, despite ranking in the top 18 players across the region.<br><br>“I didn’t think anybody knew about that,” he grinned.<br><br>“I don’t play anymore; I only played for a year.”<br><br>While Snowden’s time as a chess champion was fleeting, he hopes to make the most of the treasured sky-blue jersey and make it his own.<br><br>“It has always been my dream to play for the Blues,” he said.<br><br>“It is just an awesome feeling and I can’t wait to run out there.<br><br>“If I have a good game I could cement my spot here for the next couple of years, so I really need to knuckle down and give it all I’ve got.”<br>