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Smit to return home? UPDATED


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Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 8 Jun 2008 at 19:18

The Sunday Times reports that John Smit has successfully negotiated a deal with the Sharks, and should be back for the Currie Cup.

Details remain very sketchy, but it appears that the Bok captain will return to France to play until the French Top 14 Final, if Clermont make it that far. As a result, Smit will miss the 21 June test against Italy. However, if the report is to be believed, he will will return to South Africa and the Sharks before the Tri-Nations kicks-off.

The Sharks certainly could have done with Smit’s talismanic presence and big physical presence this season, when a lack of robustness amongst the forwards was one of the biggest reasons for their fizzling out despite much expectation.

In addition, Smit seems fitter and quicker than he has for some time, and the fact that he has (yet again) been vindicated and celebrated by the Bok coach can only lead to even better performances from the big guy.

Smit has had unfair questions asked of his character, and been subject to unwarranted criticism before, as a result of the murky politics that inevitably surrounds Bok rugby. The fact that he has been whole-heartedly embraced by the black coach widely viewed as a champion of black rugby should mean that he will be spared some of the inane and unjustified pressure he has had to face for the last few years. The thought of a John Smit who can save his energies solely for enemies on the rugby field is surely one to savour, for Bok supporters anyway.

Update: We’ve just had this news confirmed by a fellow Sharks member of the Bok squad. Smit has signed for the Sharks. 



34 Comments

  • Yes! Yes! Yes! Welcome home John

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.06.08 20:14:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey Robd, alive and sorting out the last week. Sorry about missing you.

    This is very good news for the Sharks. Bissie must just deal with the disappointment, and realize that a few years playing with John at the Sharks and with the Boks will allow him to be the best hooker in the world when John retires.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.06.08 20:44:33 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) : And great as he is, a combo of smit and burden will also work fine in the super 14 next year

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.06.08 21:08:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • So will Bismarck leave the Sharks now?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.06.08 21:32:57 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 4) : Who knows? According to what we believe his contract says, he probably could

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.06.08 21:55:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good work by the Sharks for getting John back anyway.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.06.08 22:42:26 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Where will he go though? Bulls or Province seem the only options. But I suspect he might stay.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.06.08 22:43:34 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) :

    Exactly and it is not like he will miss out on match fees.

    And if he only plays as a back up for a year or os it will only prolong his career.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.06.08 00:38:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Crossing fingers…

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.06.08 08:23:07 by blackshark Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 7) : Bulls apparently had contracts waiting for both Bis and his brother last year…

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.06.08 09:12:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • so normally guys play well for their club/province to get selected for the boks. john plays well for the boks to get selected for his club!

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.06.08 09:24:56 by knersboy Reply

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  • @knersboy (Comment 11) : classic ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.06.08 09:29:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : But would Bis really want to go there? Surely Smit doesn’t mean the end of the world for him.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.06.08 09:31:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • i hope they all stay and butch comes back, we’ll have a classic super14 team next year

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.06.08 09:41:57 by spykerbaard Reply

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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 14) : hell yeah!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.06.08 09:44:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Glad that had a happy ending …..

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.06.08 10:32:00 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 16) : let’s wait for it to be confirmed

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.06.08 11:07:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I am very happy that John is coming back to the Sharks, Not that I doubted it at all! But I disagree that Burden is any where near as good as Bismarck! The Scrums always suffered when Bissie came off and Burden replaced him! And not nearly as physical as Bismarck! The Sharks need to try and retain them both! Besides there was talk that John would come back as tighthead how true are those rumours?

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.06.08 12:34:30 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 18) : By both I mean John and Bismarck

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.06.08 12:35:57 by Sharksmad Reply

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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 19) : I agree that first prize is to keep both… but if rumours are to be believed, then Bismarck’s contract allows him to leave if John comes back. He must have had a reason for inserting that clause…

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.06.08 12:41:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad (Comment 18) :

    “…there was talk that John would come back as tighthead how true are those rumours?”

    ….and Dive Pass’s shrink tell’s him:
    “Breath in, breath out….take your tablets and don’t comment on this!!”

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.06.08 12:45:00 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 21) : didn’t I start that rumour? And it was more a suggestion than anything else?

    Sorry, DP :)

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.06.08 12:48:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Confirmed from within the Sharks camp!

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.06.08 13:23:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • whats confirmed?

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.06.08 13:28:15 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 24) :

    that you don’t read articles properly…amongst other things

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.06.08 13:30:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Good job Sharks. Wonder how much he costed them. Did Strooli have anything to do with it?

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.06.08 13:35:36 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • yes but then why are you repeating it. i knew he was signing ages ago. the media was speculating. adolph said he was signing for the sharks.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.06.08 13:35:53 by try time Reply

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  • Now let’s just home the Sharks are working on getting Butch back….

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.06.08 13:44:31 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • AHU! AHU! AHU!

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.06.08 13:52:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I knew he was to clever to fit in with the Bulls.

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.06.08 20:14:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I really DO like this bit from Keo.

    Van Zyl strongly denied the media reports that incumbent Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis had a clause written into his contract ensuring that he would be the first-choice hooker – an issue that was said to be preventing Smit from returning to the Sharks.

    “You’ll never find that sort of stipulation in any Sharks contract and Bismarck certainly doesn’t have one, that’s completely untrue,” he said.

    “We’ll never guarantee position or continuity in selection. Rugby is a team game that is dynamic and ever-changing and to write a clause of that nature into any players contract would be very unprofessional on our part.”

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.06.08 20:40:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : so it was all mischief?

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.06.08 20:47:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :

    May have been. :cool:

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.06.08 20:56:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : Suits me

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.06.08 21:11:25 by robdylan Reply
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