Richard Ferguson

Smit going nowhere

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 23 Sep 2010 at 13:50
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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?


  • You will need all three in the expanded competition.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.10 13:56:07 by Morné Reply
  • That’s great news, I hope the same follows for Kanko and JPP!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.10 13:58:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 1) :

    That is true.. And I wont be surprised if Smit is forced to miss a certain number of rounds pre- WC

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.10 13:58:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Positions such as hooker, scrummy and flyhalf will require you to have 3 guys in your squad.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.10 14:01:30 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 4) :

    In that case we have 4 hookers if you add into the mix Kyle Cooper..

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.10 14:03:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Never a bad thing to have the most capped international Captain of all time in your squad!

    Rotating Smitty and Bissie at 2 will ensure they are both fit, ready and hungry for RWC 2011… None of this Smitty to prop stuff again please.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.10 14:11:27 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Good [email protected]Letgo (Comment 2) : yeah agree we really need em 2 sign. I think they will

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.10 14:12:58 by RuckingFun Reply

  • This is good. He can be a good mentor to young leaders such as Hargs.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.10 14:22:51 by Crock Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 6) :

    What are the chances that Richie might surpass John once he retires?? 🙄 😥

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.10 14:27:28 by wpw Reply
  • for one im happy he has commited himself to the sharks cause in 2011…i have a good mate who is smitties cousin and he was telling me that since pdiddy has taken over as coach he has alot of players on a weird diet and training schedule…could this be the teams recent slump in form and barneys weight gain???????

    i personally think kanko and jpp will sign for the sharks…there is big things happening down there and if we do win the currie cup or make it to the final it will give the guys motivation for the super 15

    but this weekend is going to be biggg…got my tickets and cant wait to see us drill the lions…

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.09.10 14:28:45 by shaniboi Reply

  • I know this is just sentimental, but I just happy that he will end his career where it all started! LOVE U JOHNNO!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.09.10 14:33:05 by Ice Reply
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  • Call me sentimental, but I am loving this news!

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.09.10 14:37:34 by war1 Reply
  • Now that is loyalty! Very happy you are staying in Black and white John!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.09.10 14:38:53 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 11) : Totally with you one that one!

    He has done so much for the Sharks, and I think the opposite is true as well…for him to end it were it started will be special.

    The one thing though that makes this all the better for me personally, is that I don’t want to lose his experience and knowledge to another union, were he might then impart that on a coaching level.

    I’m sure he would love a break from the game once he steps aside, but it would be wonderful to have him part of our coaching staff one day. As inspirational as he is as a leader, I think he could do the same as a forwards/assistant coach.

    NOW…Kanko, Jp…sign on the dotted line son!

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.09.10 14:40:45 by AlienArmy Reply

  • Smit’s value extends beyond just playing

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.09.10 14:42:41 by war1 Reply
  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 13) : r u counting the sleeps like I am??

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.09.10 14:43:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 14) : Would love to see Smit as a coach at the Sharks, but maybe starting with the juniors first?

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.09.10 14:43:38 by war1 Reply
  • This is great news indeed!
    However the Sharks and John himself need to get a decent diet. As a hooker John needs to be faster and lighter, right now he is somewhere in between a prop and a hooker and at his age and with rugby like it is today, he will have to commit to a position.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.09.10 14:48:20 by Samwize Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 16) : Ice what sleep? I am not getting much 🙂 really stuck on what to wear! And wondering who our player will be

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.09.10 14:50:24 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • I can’t say it’s the best of news. Don’t get me wrong, JS is a great leader and a valuable asset to any union but he comes at a price (Bismarck, Jannie, Beast, Craig, Kanko and JPP). The budget the Lions had for JS will be redirected at JPP and Kanko. I hope these guys don’t get tempted by cash and stay.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.09.10 14:51:27 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Yaaay!

    Great news this.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.09.10 14:51:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 1) : Ok fair enough… I made a comment yesterday that I was not so sure that he can contribute that much more to Sharks Rugby. But looking at it that way I will admit I was wrong. I just hope that this won’t effect Burden too much. He really seems to be getting better the more he plays and I would hate it if the Sharks were to lose him.

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.09.10 14:52:10 by Farlington Reply

  • Clarity at last! Thanx guys.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.09.10 14:54:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 17) : Definitely…think he will take a chill after his playing days for a bit, but then he could build on his coaching like Plum did…starting small, and then taking the Sharks to their 20th currie cup title! 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.09.10 14:54:34 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 19) : should we “dress up” a bit?? 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.09.10 14:56:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 25) : Hopefully you`ll take better care of your camera this time around so your SW buddies can see what happened? 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.09.10 14:58:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Great news… fingers xd he can help us get that Super rugby title next year (lets be honest, the way the Boks are playing, it may be the only one we get next year!).

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.09.10 15:02:19 by Nhumrod Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 25) : sounds like we will have to Megan sais nothing skimpy 😯

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.09.10 15:05:38 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 28) : I am talking something “different”. Is there no price??

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.09.10 15:18:00 by Ice Reply
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  • Fantastic news. Actually not that surprised Smit is staying with Sharks. Sharks know what we have in him and not just his playing but after his playing days are finished. He will be a great asset to the Sharks after too.

    We need much bigger squads to see us through the S15, Tri-Nations to the world cup next year. So Bissie will get plenty game time maybe Burden too. Need to rotate and rest players for some games to keep them fit for the very long season next year.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.09.10 15:41:12 by Puma Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 17) : I would too.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.09.10 15:44:44 by Puma Reply

  • With John signing have a feeling Kanko and JPP will sign too.

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.09.10 15:47:17 by Puma Reply

  • this is great news go Captain and get the SRT for us knew you wouldn’t let our suporters down heeaaahhhh

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.09.10 15:48:04 by chaz Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 29) : yes there is a prize according to Debbie that is just it I dont have an imagination dont know what to wear;-(

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.09.10 15:48:23 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Perhaps with Smit signing again it will prompt the others to stay.

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.09.10 15:54:40 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 35) : That is my feeling too.

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.09.10 15:58:45 by Puma Reply

  • That’s good news if Smit moves back to loosehead to accommodate him as captain in the starting lineup.

    He didn’t do badly there last time round and is still in prop conditioning anyway :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.09.10 16:55:22 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 34) : cool! Leave it to mamma Ice!

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.09.10 17:12:45 by Ice Reply
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  • ok – it’s run time.

    LAter team

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.09.10 17:16:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 16) :

    What for Ice? You going to the game on Sat?

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.09.10 17:31:07 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 40) : Sharks ladies breakfast

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.09.10 17:51:59 by Ice Reply
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  • It,s time Smit won the Sharks a cup as captain,I dont think he has?
    Is there any news on mapoe yet?

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.09.10 19:08:58 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 42) : none that I can find

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.09.10 21:27:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : Thanks Rob

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.09.10 22:02:12 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • The judge has reserved judgement.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.09.10 22:02:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kinda defeats the purpose of being a judge, one would think

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.09.10 22:03:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • It just means he needs more time to think, you IT heathen. 😆

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.09.10 22:07:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • What was he doing all the time the lawyers were talking, then? Doing sudoku in his head?

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.09.10 22:15:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : haha! interesting that Kevin de Klerk has now come out and said that they have never made an offer to John Smit. wonder what he will say when JP and Kanko signs on with the sharks?

    i think he just wants to make a point that he did not negotiate with john while under contract or something…

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.09.10 11:07:02 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 49) : he’s lying. I have good info to back that up

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.09.10 11:37:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : what else can we expect from him? 🙄 i`m pretty sure de Klerk and Verster went to the same school or something, because they are of the same breed…

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.09.10 11:41:17 by VanWilder Reply

  • This is good news. John is a Sharks, he just wouldn’t look good in any other provincial colour.

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.09.10 11:59:19 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • Lions do not want Bok captain
    Thu, 23 Sep 2010 22:08

    The Lions never made an offer to Springbok captain John Smit, despite reports suggesting he had turned them down.

    Golden Lions Rugby Union President Kevin de Klerk on Thursday issued a statement refuting reports that the injured Bok captain, Smit, had “turned down a lucrative offer from the Lions to remain at the Sharks”.

    Sharks Chief Executive Brian van Zyl on Thursday confirmed that Smit had signed with his union until after the World Cup next year.

    Recent media reports had linked Smit with a move to the Lions, with some uninformed reporters claiming the offer was worth as much as R4-million.

    However, the GLRU President, De Klerk, dismissed this as “media rumours”.

    “Contrary to what has been presented to the public, through various media channels, the Golden Lions Rugby Union never engaged with John Smit at any stage whatsoever regarding joining the Lions,” De Klerk said in a statement.

    “We did have internal discussions about him possibly joining us, but we decided against making an offer.

    “I would like to emphasize that at no stage did the GLRU make an offer to John Smit,” De Klerk added.

    It was confirmed on Wednesday that Smit has been ruled out for three months – following neck surgery.

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.09.10 12:13:52 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 49) :

    Very convenient to say this AFTER the Sharks announce the signing, where was he (Harold Verster De Klerk) with his comment when the rumours were doing the rounds?

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.09.10 12:15:47 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 53) : this is a lie

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.09.10 12:34:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why would you pay 4 million a year for a man at the end of his career? Maybe the “quality” that is Dick Muir saw value in it, but the Lions are better off securing the likes of a BJ Botha or international player than bringing in Smit.

    Maybe it was just a rumor to try and keep Bismark around. God knows he must be fed up with all the crap.

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