Cape Town - Former captain John Smit had the honour of handing out the Springboks’ jerseys ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Christchurch.
Smit, who captained the Springboks to the World Cup title in France in 2007, is in Christchurch this week to cheer on his former team.
He recently announced his resignation as Sharks CEO and will be replaced by former and Sharks and Springbok skipper Gary Teichmann at the beginning of November.
The Springboks will take heart from Smit’s presence, as he was the Bok skipper the last time they beat the All Blacks in New Zealand - in 2009 when South Africa won 32-29 in Hamilton.
Saturday's Test is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).
Teams:Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss of the Springboks, former captain John Smit, coach Allister Coetzee and Francois Louw pose during the team's photo call (Getty Images)
15 Ben Smith 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
15 Johan Goosen, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 Damian de Allende