John Smit could play for Stormers

UPDATE: Allister Coetzee has dismissed reports indicating that former Springbok captain John Smit could turn out for the Cape franchise in this year’s Super Rugby competition.


Former Springbok skipper John Smit is poised to make a dramatic return to Super Rugby this season.

According to Wednesday’s Cape Times, due to a hooker crisis at the Stormers, Smit’s name is being bandied about as a possible short-term solution to the Cape side’s No 2 woes.

Deon Fourie – who played the majority of last year’s Currie Cup campaign at loose forward – is expected to start at hooker in the Stormers’ opening Super Rugby clash against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, February 22 (kick-off is at 19:10).

However, the back-up to Fourie remains uncertain.

OTHER NEWS: Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar is among 15 players nominated for the European Player of the Year award. He was named on the longlist following the conclusion of the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup pool stages. Pienaar is the only South African on this list.


Tiaan Liebenberg sustained a back injury last October and has only recently been eased back into taking contact during the Stormers’ pre-season training camp in Hermanus.

Making matters worse, the Stormers’ worst fears were realised when 21-year-old star Scarra Ntubeni was forced to undergo surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday, and is expected to be out of action for up to three months.

And that is where Smit comes in…

Smit, 33, who has 111 Springbok caps to his name, is currently the understudy to Schalk Brits at Saracens in England, and is believed to be on his way to French Top 14 giants Toulon next season, but could make a “pit stop” in Cape Town on a loan basis



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  14 comments for “John Smit could play for Stormers

  1. avatar
    January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    Was always and will always be a John fan, but this might just be a bit too much too chew for John….
  2. avatar
    January 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    To help out the Stormers I have no problem with it.
  3. avatar
    January 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm
    Sounds like a rumour to me
  4. avatar
    January 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm
    Reply to Ollie @ 5:41 pm: Cape Times usually is…. :whistling:
  5. avatar
    January 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm
    Never going to happen.
  6. avatar
    January 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    It will be good to see John have a bit of a swan song here.
  7. avatar
    January 24, 2013 at 12:33 am
    Reply to Ollie @ 5:41 pm:

    Quite right. Rumour.

  8. avatar
    January 24, 2013 at 5:17 am
    The guy doesn’t need the money, is going from one comp to Toulon and needs at least some break/holiday… never going to happen as Morne says…

    Screw the Stormers anyway… Sharks could do with the prop/hooker utility on their bench for a few months…

    Stormers made a huge mistake letting Visagie go… that Scarra is too small for Super Rugby… and now he’s injured…

  9. DavidS
    January 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    All a rumour.

    With all the braggadacio about youth and depth the Stormers have settled for loaning Martin Bezuidenhout from the Lions.

    GLRU have also changed apparel sponsors from Gilbert to Canterbury. This means they are the last Gilbert using guys to drop the rugby jersey manufacturer.

    The Cheetahs and Bulls changed to Puma whilst the Lions have adopted the traditional Bok apparel manufacturer Canterbury.

    Boertjie will be relievd that the 3D look is gone and replaced with a more smooth Lions look.

  10. avatar
    January 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm
    Reply to DavidS @ 10:42 pm:

    But a yellow logo on a white
    background still stinks to heaven.

  11. avatar
    Vetgesmeerde Blits
    January 26, 2013 at 9:25 am
    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:42 pm:

    I agree, it gets lost. The Lions should bring back the red bar across the chest. For me traditional designs for the kit will always be the best.

    I think the 2013 Stormers jersey is moving in the right direction with the ligter(wp) blue and more white in the design compared to 2012

  12. avatar
    Vetgesmeerde Blits
    January 26, 2013 at 9:29 am
    Reply to DavidS @ 10:42 pm: This yersey looks much much beter. Thank goodness Gilbert is gone.
  13. DavidS
    January 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    MTN has done HUGE amounts for the GLRU… so there’s no way that’s going anywhere.

    Somehwat like the DHL logo of the Stormers.

    One has to deal with people who want money getting their money’s worth one way or the other. I actually thought they kind of “lightened” the yellow and blue to give it a more washed out look which does not detract from the overall appearance.

  14. avatar
    January 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    Iemand het die kat aan die gat beet.

    Cape Argus het ‘n foto van die nuwe trui:
    Rooi bo. Gilbert.
    MTN logo op geel.
    Onder dit vier donkergrys bane wat lyk
    soos armour plating.


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