The leader of the Stormers, Schalk Burger, is the right man to take over the captaincy of the Springboks.
This was John Smitâ€™s message at the official opening of the Saracens Field of Dreams in Kayamandi on Monday when asked who was best suited to succeed him in the role.
â€śI have been involved in talks about my successor since 2008,â€ť Smit said. â€śThere might be a young player who performs well and is awarded the captaincy, but my money is on Schalk.
â€śHe has the most experience and is the one who commands the most respect among the Boks,â€ť he said. â€śIt will be the smoothest transition.â€ť
â€śHe is a hard worker, tough as nails and he understands people.â€ť
Smit added the appointment of the new captain will also depend on the new Springbok coach.
â€śIt depends on the sort of leader he wants,â€ť Smit said. â€śHe may want to do something different with the Boks.â€ť
Smit, however, declined to comment about the appointment of the new Springbok coach.
â€śIâ€™m sure the decision has been made already,â€ť he said.
â€śThe South African Rugby Union (SARU) were smart in not making the announcement yet as they have been criticised for impulsive decisions in the past.â€ť