Sharks chief executive Brian van Zyl confirmed that John Smit has signed for the Sharks and will play for them in 2011. This was confirmed in Bloemfontein where van Zyl is attending the Mapoe court case.
This would end all rumours that the most capped international captain will be moving to the Lions. It is understood that a sizeable offer from the Lions has been turned down in favour of staying with the Black and White.
This will be John Smit’s last opportunity to win the only trophy that he is yet to lift, the Super Rugby trophy. It is fantastic news for the Sharks in that there are not a lot of captains in world rugby as astute as him, but it does leave Sharks coach John Plumtree with quite an interesting selection problem.
Craig Burden has been in amazing form for the Sharks so far this Currie Cup, and Bismarck du Plessis has shown what he is capable of in the games he played after his injury. Three great hookers and only one starting place among them. Where will they fit in?Tweet