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Smit is fit, not fat.


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Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 16 Aug 2010 at 19:06
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Springbok captain John Smit is as “fit” as he has ever been and he is not overweight. This is the view of Bok conditioning coach Neels Liebel.

Speaking to the media, ahead of Smit’s 100th Test, Liebel dismissed suggestions that the Bok captain is out of shape and carrying some unwanted bulk.

Rugby 365 reports that Smit will captain the Boks against New Zealand in the historic first-ever Test in Soweto on Saturday, becoming only the second ever Bok to reach the century mark in international rugby.

However, his form – or apparent lack of form – has been the cause of much media speculation.

It has been suggested the Smit, who admitted to “bulking up” when he was converted into a tighthead prop at the end if 2008, has struggled to shed the extra kilograms since his return to hooker this year.

However, the Bok management have defended the 32-year-old.

“John Smit is as ready as ever and in good physical condition,” Liebel told a media gathering on Monday.

Liebel said data collected on the Bok captain, who has played in all three front row positions in the past two years, shows that he is in the same shape he was three years ago.

“If you look at the data, in terms of the metres he’s run and the pace he’s run at, it is really up there – in terms of what we have expected of him.

“Yes, there has been a big concern over his weight.

“However, his weigh is what it has been for the past two/three years and his fat percentage.”

Asked if there was any concerns about Smit’s fitness at all, Liebel said: “No, not at all!”

He also said that every Springbok – measured with the new GPS monitoring system introduced this year – had maintained their body fat percentage since the last measurement.

There will be those who will question this, considering the obvious bulk being carried by out-of-form scrumhalf Ricky Januarie.

“Each Monday guys get weighed and their fat percentages taken,” he said, adding: “We have a data pile going back to 2006. Bar the occasional kilogram up-or-down, nobody has gained.

“Their fat percentages have all come down since they have been with us on May 30 [this year].”

Liebel, despite defending the Boks’ fitness levels, admitted that 13 of the 20 contracted Springboks have already exceeded the amount of game time they were suppose to have played this year.

The GPS system is used to monitor players – in terms how far they run and the impact on the bodies.

Liebel said this “close monitoring” of the Boks means they know the workload each player is doing, the kilometres he runs and the volumes he is doing.

He said the average playing time per player should be between 1400 minutes to 1600 minutes per year.

“If you look at the [amount of] time of the guys have played [this year], up until the game against Australia in Brisbane, 13 of the 20 contracted players have already played more than 1700 minutes.”

That would include the Super 14 games and all the Tests the Boks have featured in.

He said the current two-week break – between the Brisbane Test and the Boks regathering in Johannesburg last week, came at the right time.

“The guys will be mentally refreshed as well.”

Liebel said there is now also a co-ordinatated conditioning strategy between the national team and franchise coaches.

“That will change from now on,” Liebel said, adding: “We had a very productive meeting with the conditioning coaches from all the franchises after the Wales Test [in June]. We discussed what would be in the player’s best interest and we’re confident that we’ve set up a good working relationship.

“In the past it wasn’t that way. Franchises have their goals and players and coaches have performance clauses that necessitate that their best players play. Now there’ll be more co-ordination in our strategy.”

The 20 contracted Springboks will miss the latter part of the Currie Cup and go on a tailored programme, designed to ensure they arrive at the 2011 World Cup in prime condition.

It may include leaving some of them at home for the year-end tour, but the call on how many and who won’t be made until after the Tri-Nations.



42 Comments

  • Take that and smoke it Megat*a*!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.08.10 19:44:18 by ruggabugga Reply
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  • OK, here is what I think, for what it is worth :wink: John has been just as effective as ever on attack, hitting rucks and malls with gusto and carrying the ball up very strongly. Where I think he has looked somewhat jaded is defensively, especially around the fringes. He does not seem to react as quickly as he has in the past, perhaps fatigue has something to do with this. Unlike a lot of SA Hookers, you won’t find Smit in the backline defensively, creating a gap for any decent backline player. He has always defended like a Trojan around the fringes, which is where he should be.

    As far as scrums go, there is, quite simply not a single Hooker in the world that can scrum like Smit can. He is taller than most, stronger than any, and his leg and back strength is legendary. So as far as I am concerned, his only weakness at this point in time is his defense, and he can fix that, maybe simply with some rest.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.08.10 20:04:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Well well well!
    So there you have it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.08.10 20:07:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 2) :

    BTW. I still owe you an apology. We ducked outta DC a day early coz we had to get up to Ohio a day early. Kette had a sudden roadtrip to Indianapolis with her friends that was decided the day before we left DC.

    Annapolis was cool. THANKS

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.08.10 20:09:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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    I’d love to know how much game time John has had since last year’s S14. Non stop rugby from S14 to B&I Lions, Tri Nations, Currie Cup, EOYT, Book tour and then another S14, June tests and Tri Nations! That is juts too much rugby imho.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.08.10 20:11:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : No worries Andre, it was fun seeing you all.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.08.10 20:12:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    He played Rugby on a book tour? :razz: :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.08.10 20:12:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : First off I place very little faith in what the official word is from the Bok camp. If Smit were unfit, do you think they would announce that to the whole world? I agree with you Wes, he has played an incredible amount of Rugby, but with the mid Tri-Nations break, and no Currie Cup, he should get sufficient rest, IMO. Every four years, the ABs peak the year before the RWC, they look incredible, unbeatable, but sure enough, come the RWC, someone beats them. Remember the last time the Boks were strong the year before the RWC (1998), what happened? We lost to Aus. No, I am OK with a poor year in 2010, as long as the steps are taken in 2011 to win the RWC like Jake did.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.08.10 20:16:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :

    He sure had to talk a lot of rugby on the book tour!!! :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.08.10 20:16:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Hasn’t he been on a book tour since he wrote his book? :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.08.10 20:18:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 8) :
    as long as the steps are taken in 2011 to win the RWC like Jake did.

    I think they have been taken with John and others NOT going on the EOYT this year to rest.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.08.10 20:20:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) :

    Yeah I thinik he was, but Wes was using it as an example of him playing non-stop rugby. :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.08.10 20:21:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Is Smit going to lead the Boks to consecutive World Cups.. will that be some sort of record?

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.08.10 20:22:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) :

    I think McCaw has a similar record except his is for UNsuccessful World Cups. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.08.10 20:28:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : No team has successfully defended the RWC, so if the Boks do win the 2011 RWC, it will be a record for both team and Captain. I believe Eales led Australia in n 1995 and 1999.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.08.10 20:28:51 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : And we would be the first country to win it 3 times..

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.08.10 20:35:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : McCaw only captained NZ in the 2007 RWC, Tana Umaga was Captain in 2003. Smit did captain the Boks in a match in the 2003 RWC, so he will be, as far as I know, the only captain to captain his side in 3 RWCs.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.08.10 20:35:41 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : We are the only country to have won the RWC in both hemispheres. :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.08.10 20:37:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : Surely McCaw will then also lead his team next year.. so he is on par with Smit.. Interesting..

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.08.10 20:38:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • South Africa has only lost 3 RWC matches ever. Aus in 1999, and England and NZ in 2003. The ABs have lost 6 matches in the RWC.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.08.10 20:41:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) :

    Ah thnaks I thought Richie was the Capt in 2003 as well.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.08.10 20:41:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 19) : McCaw did not captain his team in any matches in 2003, while Smit did, so this will be Smit’s third RWC being captain of his team (in at least one game) while it is only McCaw’s second, so I would say even besides the RWC in 2007 Smit is still ahead of McCaw.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.08.10 20:42:57 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : Oh okay.. I fully understand now.. Thanx..

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.08.10 20:44:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • AB losses in the RWC, 1991 England, 1995 South Africa, 1999 France and South Africa, 2003 Australia and 2007 France. Six losses with SA and France each beating them twice.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.08.10 20:45:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Tana Umaga captained the ABS through the end of 2005 when he retired from the international game. McCaw took over as Captain in 2006, two years after Smit officially took over the captaincy of South Africa. So Smit has been captaining his side for two more years than McCaw as well as an additional RWC.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.08.10 20:48:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Yikes, I was wrong, Rueben Thorne was AB captain in 2003 with Tana Umaga vice captain. But McCaw most certainly did not captain the ABs in 2003. It was only his second year with the ABs.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.08.10 20:53:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • McCaw had a major head injury in the 2004 Super 12 and did not play international rugby until the EOYT. He did not play in the Tri-Nations matches which SA won.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.08.10 20:54:58 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : :cool:

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.08.10 20:59:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : worthless bar room trivia…. :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.08.10 21:01:36 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Aus has lost 5 RWC matches ever, one better than the ABs :lol:

    1987 to ABs, 1995 SA and ABs, 2003 England and 2007 England.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.08.10 21:06:09 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Sheez, all this informative trivia, and I still only have 3 stars. :lol: Is it acceptable practice to pay Chaz to post for me to increase my stats? :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.08.10 21:20:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 29) :

    I love trivia and numbers. :razz:

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.08.10 21:20:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 31) :

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.08.10 21:22:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Smit is not fat? :shock: You couldve fooled me :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.08.10 07:32:04 by Jarson Reply
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  • Funny how there is mostly comments from “bulked-up” people on this thread..also funny is that fish has not made a comment, considering that fact… :twisted:

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.08.10 08:05:15 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 35) : How do u know who is ‘bulked-up’ and who’s not? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.08.10 08:11:03 by Jarson Reply
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  • I have seen photo’s! :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.08.10 08:23:14 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 37) : :shock: :oops:

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.08.10 09:00:21 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 38) : hey,now, don’t make sumthing out of nothing..

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.08.10 09:15:45 by Ice Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 38) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.08.10 09:17:37 by klempie Reply

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  • Brenden Nel – SuperSport

    Johannesburg – Springbok captain John Smit may be fighting questions about his form and fitness ahead of his landmark 100th Test match, but he received a lot of support from an unlikely quarter when All Black Corey Flynn went in to bat for him.

    Flynn, who is likely to play second fiddle to Keven Mealamu when the All Black team is named on Tuesday for Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test match at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, said Smit’s resilience was one of his trademarks and made him one of the greats of the game.

    “The thing that stands out for me about John Smit is his competitiveness,” Flynn told reporters ahead of the Bok captain’s milestone.

    “With all the stuff in the press saying that he shouldn’t be there, he’s still there and, all going well, he’ll notch up his 100th Test this weekend.

    “I take my hat off to him, he’s a very good player and he sticks it through. He’s a big cannon and the fact that he will notch up 100 Tests this weekend shows there is obviously still space for that kind of hooker in the modern game.”

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.08.10 11:07:12 by Ice Reply
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  • Well if h is fat then their is only one way to get rid of it mmmm
    can think of a couple of ways to get rid of fat jogging and nt in the gym and the other you can figger it out 4 ur self :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.08.10 21:21:06 by chaz Reply

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