Springbok captain John Smit will achieve a remarkable feat on Saturday in the opening Test against Wales in Bloemfontein.
Report courtesy www.news24.com.
He will lead his side into a Test match arena for the 50th time, the first time a Bok captain has ever reached the half-century mark. Springbok coach Peter de Villiers confirmed Smit’s selection on Monday.
“It’s a fantastic honour,” said Smit,” but believe me it’s the last thing on my mind heading into the Test on Saturday. Wales give us more than enough of a challenge to keep our minds totally on winning the match on Saturday.”
Smit will also mark the day with his 76th cap, one fewer than former Sharks legend Mark Andrews. Smit is currently the fifth most-capped Bok of all time.
Smit led the Boks to World Cup triumph in France last year, and lifted the Tri-Nations trophy in 2004.
“I had no hesitation in making John my captain,” said Bok coach Peter de Villiers. “I know some were surprised by how early I confirmed his appointment, but the last few weeks have shown it was one of my better decisions.
“John has authority, but he never expects any player to do anything he isn’t prepared to do himself. That has earned him incredible respect from everyone in the squad.
“We are all immensely proud of what he will achieve on Saturday. He’s too modest to admit it himself, but it really is something big. Especially when you consider the modern day merry-go-round of Test captains.”Tweet