‘Schalk must skipper Boks’ – Smit


The leader of the Stormers, Schalk Burger, is the right man to take over the captaincy of the Springboks.


This was John Smit’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.

“I have been involved in talks about my successor since 2008,” Smit said. “There might be a young player who performs well and is awarded the captaincy, but my money is on Schalk.

“He has the most experience and is the one who commands the most respect among the Boks,” he said. “It will be the smoothest transition.”

“He is a hard worker, tough as nails and he understands people.”

Smit added the appointment of the new captain will also depend on the new Springbok coach.

“It depends on the sort of leader he wants,” Smit said. “He may want to do something different with the Boks.”

Smit, however, declined to comment about the appointment of the new Springbok coach.

“I’m sure the decision has been made already,” he said.

“The South African Rugby Union (SARU) were smart in not making the announcement yet as they have been criticised for impulsive decisions in the past.”

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  1. Would have been more convinced if he had won some cups as captain…
    But then, who else? Piere Spies?? Or maybe old Baardbek from the Lions?

  2. Smit is asked who should be next Bok skipper

    Does he say

    “Schalk must be skipper”

    Nope. He says:

    “… my money is on Schalk”

    Then says the coach must decide who he wants:

    ““It depends on the sort of leader he wants,””

    Nowhere anywhere in the interview does John Smit say


    He says

    1. Schalk was planned as the skipper to succeed him; and

    2. His money is on SCalk being his successor; and

    3. The choice of skipper depends on what the new coach wants…

  3. OK, so let’s change the heading to:

    John Smit says his money is on Schalk Burger
    to become the next Bok skipper, but it all
    depends on the sort of leader the next coach

    Bit long, but so what?

  4. Guess who’s the coolest on the block with some shiny brand spanking new Bok Oakley Antix!
    …Hint –> it’s a boer, from NAMibia and he’s got Bok brille…

    Shot guys for the Ratrace – sponsors, administrators and competitors alike – it’s a great prize and I’m looking forward to the next round!

    Photo to follow later…just downloading that song Jy Dink Mos Jy’s Cooler as Ekke to put is all in a slide show sommer! :mrgreen:

  5. O ja Jorrie rig die Leeu Sewes af!

    Ek verstaan hy’s glad nie kak nie…

    Shame ek kry die ou eintlik jammer.

    Hy was deel van die Jake 2002 O21 super Bok span met FDP en Schalla en hy was super buite utility… die volgende Jaque Fourie, Thinus Delport. Joe Gillingham

    Het selfs van Clyde Rathbone se pass drie gedruk in die finaal

    Maar kon net nie die step op maak nie…

    Boertjie says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Both are right.
    A little sensatinalism sells.

    How about” Smit’s money on Bokleader:Schalk!”

  7. Reply to Morné @ 8:18 pm:

    Frans Ludeke at his worst…


    The Lions made him DOR, sent him to NZ for a year to train under Graham Mourie and all over the country as a coach, got him back… gave him cash to start a fantastic “cracks” plasyer recruitment system where he gave trials to all young players who wanted to try out for the Lions who had missed Craven Week selection with a whole club placement and conditioning and training programme… then the Bulls took him once the Lions had skilled him…

    And left us with Loffie…