Rugby World Cup 2011
Smit: I'm not too old
John Smit (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - "Write me off when you can see I'm not willing to die out on the field. Then you will have a case against me, but only then."
That was the words of Springbok captain John Smit, in a heartwarming interview with Rapport's Hanlie Retief
, about the hefty criticism his inclusion in the World Cup squad has received.
Smit said he is still hungry for rugby success. His goal is to claim a second successive World Cup victory for South Africa this year. No side has ever won back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles.
"That's what I want. It's what I seek."
In response to criticism that he is too old and not good enough to wear the Green and Gold anymore, Smit says: "Judge us older guys after October. Those Boks that you say are over the hill. Look at our attitude, look into our eyes. We want to win."