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Smit urges Boks to ‘stay home’

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 23 Feb 2009 at 07:28
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Springbok captain John Smit has called on his fellow South African players to forget about playing overseas.

Rugby 365 reports that Smit told Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag that the grass is definitely not greener in England and France, which lures a number of players to their shores every year.

Smit believes any player who heads overseas “will rob themselves of the opportunity to play against the world’s best players”.

“It is unbelievable to be a South African player at the moment,” Smit said.

“It is also one of the most challenging periods for any player with so many players who are putting up their hands at the moment.”

Smit believes that Springbok rugby is in the middle of a golden era, and this is the perfect time for players to etch their names in history with the British & Irish Lions touring for the first time in 12 years.

“If I look at the Sharks and in my talks with the other Springboks, it is clear that this is the biggest driving force since the 2007 World Cup for us. As hard as you train to ensure your team has a wonderful Super 14, there’s always a thought in the back of your mind that the Lions are coming.”

Smit added that the Boks are determined to ensure that they set the record straight after the 1997 Test series loss.

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