Rugby World Cup 2011

McCaw chases Smit's record

2011-10-28 10:09
Richie McCaw (File)





Auckland - Former Springboks captain John Smit ended his career having led his country for 83 Test matches, a record that could be surpassed by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in the coming years.
 
Smit has arrived in London ahead of his rugby swansong with Saracens, and retires with the Test captaincy record, although McCaw overtook Smit during the Rugby World Cup as the most successful international skipper.

Victory over France was McCaw’s 58th Test win as captain (with 66 Tests in charge), a remarkable record that sees him boast an unchallenged 87.87% winning percentage. Smit won 54 Tests with South Africa.

Only Martin Johnson's record - in terms of captains having played at least 30 Tests - compares, with the English captain winning 37 of his 45 Tests played for a 82% ledger.

According to the allblacks.com website, McCaw has a contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2015, which could see the World Cup winning captain shatter all records as a Test leader.

Only Brian O’Driscoll stands between McCaw and Smit, with the Irish captain having led his country on 81 occasions.

But Smit told the London Evening Standard that while he may have retired from Test rugby, he was going to Sarries to be a player, not a vacationer.

"There are two types of players who have come here from the southern hemisphere," he said.

"There are the guys who want to come here and make a life here. Those guys have invariably done well and proven to be an asset to their clubs.

"You have had other guys who have come here and sat around and not paid the Premiership that respect. I'm fully aware of that, and it's not my intention.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
 
Teams

Pool A

 
 
 
 

Pool B

 
 
 
 

Pool C

 
 
 
 

Pool D

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

 
Rugby World Cup Wallpapers

Download your favourite RWC wallpaper here

 
Weather

Auckland

Wednesday

Showers early. Morning clouds. Cool.

Low
High

13°C
17°C

Current Conditions
 
Vote

Taking into account where it will be held, the likely player retirements and new coaches in charge, which team looks best-placed to mount a challenge to the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England?

 
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.