There have been rumours doing the rounds that John Smit may join the Lions so as to ensure both him and Bismarck du Plessis get game time at hooker.
But recent comments from Lions CEO Manie Reynecke have suggested otherwise.
In an interview with The Times live in which Reynecke confirmed the signing of former All Black Carlos Spencer, he indicated that the Lions were looking at signing a few more players. What he said was “We are also in discussions with three senior overseas-based South African players to join us before the season starts, but I don’t want to mention their names just yet”. And seeing that John Smit is not overseas-based, this seems to indicate the Lions have given up on trying to lure Smit to the Coke tin.
Also, it has never been confirmed that John Smit will indeed move back to hooker, which means he may well continue in the no. 3 jersey for the Sharks in the Super 14. Even if he did, it would make sense if Smit and Du Plessis were rotated in the no. 2 jersey to ensure both players are fresher for the upcoming international season and the 2011 world cup beyond.
John Smit has spoken in his book about his love for the Sharks and Durban, and his Sharks teammates are quick to point out his commitment to the cause. Here’s hoping that Smit’s provincial career will end where it began, with the SharksTweet