Cape Town - Former Springbok captain John Smit has been appointed CEO of the Sharks rugby franchise.
Durban union said on Tuesday that Smit, 35, would start his new job on
July 1, replacing incumbent CEO Brian van Zyl, who had opted to retire
after 20 years in charge.
"We look forward to welcoming the
favourite son of South African rugby to his new role as CEO," said
Sharks chairman Stephen Saad.
"We pledge our support and
commitment to him and have every confidence that he will embrace his new
role with the same leadership, spirit, and vigour that he displayed as
the most capped Springbok captain and player of all time."
coach John Plumtree was pleased that Smit, who played most of his
professional career for the Durban team, would be leading the
"On behalf of team management and the players, I extend our congratulations to John on his appointment," Plumtree said.
the years, many of us have shared special memories with John and we
look forward to working with and supporting him in his new capacity."
who is currently playing for English side Saracens, was capped 111
times for the Springboks in a 12-year international career.
represented South Africa at three World Cups, leading the Boks to
victory in 2007, and captained the national side in 83 Tests.