Who will captain the Boks to the RWC?

April 24, 2013 9
With the recent announcement of the contracted Springbok group, focus is slowly starting to shift to the international test season with one burning question… Who will captain the Springboks to the RWC in 2015? Jean de Villiers occupied this role in 2012 and is said to resume this role in 2013 for the sake of…

Sharks confirm Smit’s appointment as CEO

April 16, 2013 10
The Sharks have confirmed the appointment of John Smit as CEO of the union. Release The Board of Directors of The Sharks (Pty) Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Smit as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Sharks (Pty) Ltd, effective 1st July 2013. John takes over the reins…

Smit new Sharks CEO?

April 10, 2013 5
Springbok rugby star John Smit is poised to make a spectacular return to the Shark Tank as the new chief executive of the Sharks, replacing veteran administrator Brian van Zyl. Mike Greenaway - The Mercury Van Zyl is due to retire in February, but Smit could well take over from as early as July. While…

Barney’s Army – get your tickets now for Smit testimonial match

June 4, 2012 8
Tickets are now on sale at The Sharks ticket office at Mr Price KINGS PARK or online via Computicket for the special rugby clash taking place on Friday, June 22 at The Sharks home ground featuring John Smit’s Barneys Army against his former team The Sharks. [caption id="attachment_23784" align="alignright" width="217" caption="Photo: SA Rugby"][/caption] With an…

JOHN SMIT INTERVIEW: SARACENS’ NEW STAMPEDING SPRINGBOK TALKS TO SPORT360°

March 20, 2012 2
EXCLUSIVE: John Smit ended his international rugby career as the most capped South African ever, having played 111 times for the Springboks, 83 of those as captain - itself a world-record feat. Mar 15, 2012 1 comments 0 New colours: Smit now plays for Aviva Premiership side Saracens in England. Despite seeing his place in the side…

All-star cast for Smit’s SA farewell

March 19, 2012 2
A world team loaded with several Springboks will line up against the Sharks later this year for John Smit's farewell match. Sport24 [caption id="attachment_23784" align="alignright" width="217" caption="Photo: SA Rugby"][/caption] According to Beeld, some big-name players that played with the former Bok captain have already been approached for the match at Kings Park on 22 June. Smit and…

‘Schalk must skipper Boks’ – Smit

January 10, 2012 17
The leader of the Stormers, Schalk Burger, is the right man to take over the captaincy of the Springboks. Sport24 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…

Smit’s final chapter starts now

October 27, 2011 8
A year ago, John Smit was contemplating his future, post-World Cup and it did not involve rugby. Now, the 2007 World Cup-winning Springbok captain is set to pen the final chapter in his stellar rugby career and it involves the small matter of playing for English champions Saracens. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:17 The next…

Farewell, legends…

October 25, 2011 6
The South African Rugby Union paid tribute to Springbok captain John Smit and vice-captain Victor Matfield today, following their retirement from international rugby. John Smit arrived in England this morning to take up a two-year contract with the London-based Saracens club, while Victor Matfield has announced his retirement from all rugby. He will make one…

A tribute to Bok warriors

October 10, 2011 35
I had to re-post this article here because as I read it, I wondered why no respected SA journalist could come up with a fitting tribute like this. Peter Bills - NZ Herald Whatever the world may come to think about South Africa's loss of the Rugby World Cup and the manner of its defeat,…

‘Finish him!’ Rugby’s Mortal Combat

October 1, 2011 22
The importance of a 22-man game was never more evident than when the Springboks scraped past Samoa on Friday - which reminded me of a famous line in a very popular video game in the 1990's. For years we have criticized South African rugby coaches for their seeming inability to use their bench effectively.  For…

Bismarck’s reaction was despicable

August 22, 2011 28
The following column are the thoughts of Kate Nokwe and re-published here with her kind permission. In(track)suit The Springboks saved face to the delight of a nation whose ‘ego’ could not afford any more bruising. The stands at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in PE roared. Much like a small sports club situated at the heart…

“Leave Smit at home” – Ollie

August 21, 2011 9
Former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux says there should be no place for John Smit in South Africa's 22-man line-up. Sport24 Le Roux believes the Springbok front row combination of Bismarck du Plessis and his older brother, Jannie, were "deadly" against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The Springbok front row - with…

Frans out, Smit & Bakkies doubtful

August 15, 2011 6
Springbok fullback Frans Steyn will not be considered for Saturday’s Castle Tri-Nations Series Test against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth. Steyn injured his hamstring against Australia last Saturday in Durban and will not be fit to play this weekend at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. He will remain with the squad to do his rehabilitation.…

Smit okay, but 3 added to Bok squad

August 14, 2011 33
The Springbok selectors have added Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo and Chiliboy Ralepelle to the training squad for Saturday’s Castle Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The players’ provinces were contacted last week to secure their release for the final Castle Tri-Nations test of the season. The trio all appeared in the…
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