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Smit has played his last game in black and white


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 13 Jul 2011 at 08:38
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John Smit this morning confirmed, via Twitter, that he will continue his rugby career with Saracens.

I have, unfortunately, neither the time nor the words to express exactly what this man has meant to Sharks rugby over the last decade – that will be the subject of another, far longer article.

For now, all I can say is “farewell, oh Captain!”. We wish you all the best in your next adventure.


47 Comments

  • John was a Maximus for Sharks Rugby and Bok rugby. He has served us well…you will be greatly missed, but always remembered as one of the greatest.

    LEGEND.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.11 08:42:32 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 1) : +1

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.11 08:45:16 by wpw Reply
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  • He is off to Saracens for 2 years, whats the chances of him returning to coach the Sharks forwards? I think there is a fair bit of knowledge to be gained from the most capped international captain of all time!

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.11 08:47:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Cheers Smitie. Thanks for everything. Enjoy your retirement stint in England! 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.11 08:52:49 by Ben Reply
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  • Cheers Barney, you Legend. 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.07.11 08:57:16 by JarsonX Reply
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  • LEGEND

    I can’t say much more.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.07.11 08:59:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • A true legend as a player and as a man. Thanks Barney, and all the best!

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.07.11 08:59:34 by MerckZ Reply

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  • Thank you for all you’ve done for the Sharks and Good luck with Saracens 😛

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.07.11 09:12:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • One of the best we have had.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.07.11 09:13:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Smittie, go well. Sharks legend supreme.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.07.11 09:19:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • What a great man, what a great Captain. This man is a true Legend and he leaves behing an awesome legacy for the young’uns to walk in. We will miss him, but wish him well. I hope that he has a future in South African rugby.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.07.11 09:24:45 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Arguably the greatest leader SA rugby has seen – a legend, and a gentleman to boot. Go well Barney!

    Also, the Sharks should start discussions NOW with an eye on incorporating Smit into our coaching structures at some point in the future; there’s too much experience and intellectual capital there to simply discard.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.07.11 09:26:29 by Culling Song Reply
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  • A great servant of Sharks and Bok rugby. You will be missed, go well Barney.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.07.11 09:27:00 by war1 Reply
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  • No surprise here. We all knew he wouldn’t be here next year. SA-Rugby-Acens is a great place to end your career and get a feel if coaching is for you. Remember Francois Pienaar tried it, Brendan Venter. Thanks for the memories. Wear a Sharks shirt under your Bok jersey at the RWC final. We know Plum never gave you the opportunity to end on the high you deserved. Hopefully the RWC will provide the fitting swansong.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.07.11 09:45:45 by waje Reply

     
  • I wonder how they intend on using him. The guy is already 33 witrh a 2 year deal. Does this mean they will also use him as a mentor/coach at saracens as they already have a great hooker in Schalk Brits?

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.07.11 09:47:22 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 15) : How old are you?

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.07.11 09:53:13 by Ice Reply
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  • Good Luck john, Thanx for the wonderful memories. enjoy your retirement stint and hope to see you back as a sharks coach.

    where is grant10? 👿

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.07.11 09:53:41 by VanWilder Reply

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  • All the best John.

    The best Bok Captain ever.

    Legend for sure.

    Enjoy those two years in England but hope to see you back at the Sharks coaching.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.07.11 09:57:58 by Puma Reply

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  • Best captain of all time!

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.07.11 10:04:47 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Goodluck Smitty! Thanks for all the great memories with the Sharks and Boks. 🙂
    Sorry we couldn’t give you a Super Rugby trophy in your final year with the Sharks. 🙁
    Hopefully you can hold the Webb Ellis Trophy for a second time before retiring. 😀
    You have been a loyal rugby player to the Sharks and the Boks as well as one of the great icons of South African rugby. 🙂
    Enjoy your stay in Saracens and have fun buying all the things you want with the cash that you earn. 😎

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.07.11 10:29:39 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • He is Legand wait for it dary. Wish him al the best in England

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.07.11 10:35:37 by Mutley Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 20) : Do you think he has someone to look after his Mustang whilst he is away…? 💡

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.07.11 10:42:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 15) : I was wondering the same thing but remember that the Saracens season is a long one and at some point in the campaign Schalk Brits will need to be rested and Saracens will have another World Cup winning (hopefully twice) Bok to call on. Also John Smit is versatile and can cover prop as well so he is a good player to have on the bench.

    Furthermore Schalk Brits can play as a loose forward as well and so there is space for both if Saracens want to play them both in the starting XV.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.07.11 10:44:54 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : Nah I’m sure he has already organised it to be flown across to England, sorry Ice maybe next time :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.07.11 10:46:34 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 24) : Dejammmm!! 😥 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.07.11 10:47:45 by Ice Reply
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  • Absolute servant of the game – you will be missed!

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.07.11 11:02:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • So long Smitty, and Thanks for All the Fish.

    or Sharks to be more exact! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.07.11 11:21:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • What are the chances that Smit returns in a couple of year’s time to coach the Sharks? 💡

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.07.11 11:54:38 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Best bok captain of all time but not the best Sharks captain.

    Don’t ask me who I think is the best sharks captain.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.07.11 12:28:24 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Legend!!!! Says it all!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.07.11 12:41:31 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • So brits is on his way to…???

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.07.11 12:42:31 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 29) : Surely he’s the best if you can’t think of anyone better??

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.07.11 12:59:41 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : Maybe any other Sharks captain that won us a trophy 😎

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.07.11 13:00:50 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 33) : Most recent. Stefan Terblance and Johan Muller?

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.07.11 13:06:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 34) : So they should have a better success ratio,with games as captain and trophies won.

    For the sharks

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.07.11 13:10:55 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • interesting. One must not forget that John was captaining the side to topping the log in 2007 Super 14. The best super rugby campaign ever.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.07.11 13:25:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : i mean the best for the sharks.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.07.11 13:26:19 by rekinek Reply
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  • I do wonder sometimes whether John shouldn’t have retired in 2009. Hopefully this year WC campaign will prove that he should have stayed.

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.07.11 13:32:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • It`s a sad day for Sharks rugby but we knew it had to come.

    Safe to say he was the best captain we`ve ever had.

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.07.11 13:35:57 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : Yes but what would you choose,the best campaign ever or the trophy with a worse campaign.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.07.11 15:22:28 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Can you imagine JS scoring the wc winning try,that would be classic!

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.07.11 15:23:25 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 40) : the one with a trophy 😎
    However CC is not exactly super rugby , so hence I am prepared to be swayed on that point.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.07.11 15:30:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 42) : But what do you think of comment 41. 😆

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.07.11 15:35:08 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Will miss him but am grateful for his contribution. Glad to have seen him LIVE vs Waratahs (For the last time)

    Till the 13 Aug I hope…

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.07.11 15:38:45 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 43) : would be 😎 wouldn’t it – but honestly my imagination a bit short on this one 😆

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.07.11 15:43:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 45) : Last play of the game and JS gets a line break,chips over the fullbacks head collects and score a 70 meter try.

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.07.11 15:44:59 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 46) : Ok your first suggestion (comment 41) was optimistically hopeful at best, but this one is just beyond even a good imagination… 😀

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.07.11 21:23:14 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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