Smit set for last hurrah

2012-06-21 20:04

Durban - The John Smit World XV has a distinctly Sharks flavour about it, with plenty of experience for the side named to take on the Sharks at Kings Park on Friday night.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, the team includes the only three players boasting 100 caps or more for the Springboks (John Smit, Victor Matfield and Percy Montgomery), along with a wealth of internationals representing Argentina, Scotland, NZ Maoris, England and the All Blacks, and a few Kings Park favourites thrown in for good measure, there is no doubt that this game is not a social game of touch rugby.

Current and former Sharks players included are: Eighthman Shaun Sowerby, flyhalf Butch James, centre Marius Joubert, wing Brent Russell fullback Percy Montgomery and reserves Rob Linde, Rory Kockott, and Stefan Terblanche along with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Sharks XV youngsters Danie Minnie and Heimar Williams to mix it up with some of the legends of the game.

A definite fan favourite will be looking to put one past his old side, but will certainly earn the cheers of the crowd when he gets the ball is Brent Russell who has been playing his rugby in France for the past two years.

“I haven’t played here for about five years and I’m excited about it, looking forward to the game,” said Russell.

“It’s really nice to catch up with some of my old team-mates. It should be good fun, although the Sharks are probably taking it a lot more serious than we are. This is a nice send-off and a chance to play with some of the guys who will be or are already retired for the last time.”

Although a brewery tour was apparently on the cards for the afternoon - strictly for carbo-loading it seems - the John Smit World XV expect to be a competitive force in this match. “We’ll see how the first five minutes go, but I reckon it could be a very competitive game, the guys are really up for it. I know I certainly am.

“This is a great concept, providing good awareness around John’s charities and a nice way of putting a good spectacle together for John for everything he’s done for rugby and giving back a bit.”



15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandré Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Gouws Prinsloo, 22 Rosco Speckman.

Barney’s Army:

15 Percy Montgomery (SA), 14 Brent Russell (SA), 13 Matt Banahan (Eng), 12 Marius Joubert (SA), 11 Joe Maddock (NZ), 10 Butch James (SA), 9 Mark McMillian (Bath, Eng)), 8 Shaun Sowerby (SA), 7 Francois Louw (SA), 6 Julian Salvi (NZ), 5 Victor Matfield (SA), 4 Jason White (Scotland), 3 Faan Rautenbach (SA), 2 John Smit (SA, captain), 1 Martin Scelzo (Arg)

Substitutes: 16 Peter Dixon (SA), 17 Danie Minnie (SA, Sharks XV), 18 Rob Linde (SA, former Sharks, WP), 19 Hottie Louw (SA), 20 Rory Kockott (SA, former Sharks, Lions), 21 Stephen Donald (NZ), 22 Stefan Terblanche (SA), 23 Heimar Williams (SA, Sharks XV)


  • Benny - 2012-06-21 20:31

    Dankie tog.

      john.isaacs.758 - 2012-06-22 08:40

      Thanks JOHN SMITH !!! I salute You. !!You has made us PROUD !!! Rugby needs you !!Cool head AMBASSADOR !!!ICON for rugby all over the WORLD. (Those of you that don't understand the game of RUGBY or see the BIGGER pic PLZ don't come with your NEGATIVE comments )

  • Ken - 2012-06-21 20:53

    Good work Barney!...thanks for the memories and good luck for the future!....Barney's army by 10, or maybe not!

  • Burtfred - 2012-06-21 21:03

    snore game. Anyone for some ping pong?

      duncan.biyela - 2012-06-22 08:03

      dont hate.... appreciate!

  • Carl - 2012-06-21 21:28

    You gave us proud moments John Smit. Thank you. Great ambassador to SA rugby..

  • JM - 2012-06-21 22:22

    Percy is playing????

      jason.children - 2012-06-22 07:23

      That on its own is enough reason to watch!

  • vian.laas.7 - 2012-06-21 23:24

    Ag noooo its the same time as the JWC: Final - South Africa v New Zealand

      john.isaacs.758 - 2012-06-22 08:42

      I agree BIG BIG Mistake !!!!

      kagiso.k.seleka - 2012-06-22 16:26

      Get PVR

  • Pat - 2012-06-22 04:25

    hurrah, his final match!!! hurrah!!! should hav left the playing field afta 2009!!

      Stevemins - 2012-06-22 04:38

      Very true. Great player and ambassador. Sadly overstayed his welcome should have made way for the Biz

      john.isaacs.758 - 2012-06-22 08:48

      Thx heaven its ONLY your opinion !!SARU must appoint u to determine all the due dates of players !What a National DISAstar

      andre.olivier.399 - 2012-06-22 17:19

      Yes i agree, he was very selfish not to gave Bismark to play as 1st hooker in WC then im sure we cud've still made it to the final ...but i suppose the so called good captain wud've lost out on money...glad he gone after this...his just a good spokesman and that's that

      Pat - 2012-06-23 03:33

      the truth is he wasnt even the 3rd best hooker in the country at the time, yet he STILL continued!! bizmark is a 80 minute player not a sub to a has been, he was veryvery selfish, they had matfield on for guidance!! he wanted to be the first captain to win the rwc twice, how selfish is that!!

  • jason.children - 2012-06-22 07:17

    Im looking forward to this evenings rugby lineup. Baby boks in the Final followed by this clash in Durbs!! Percy playing fullback.................hahahahah awesome!!!

  • haha.hehe.7564129 - 2012-06-22 07:44

    I would've put John Smith on the bench and used him as an impact player in the last 20 minutes (just joking.)

  • P.J. - 2012-06-22 08:15

    Is this game being broadcast on SS?

      Deon - 2012-06-22 08:25

      Yes PJ... I think on channel 204 or 205 if I am not mistaken, but it is broadcast the same time as the JWC final, o and also on HD174

      P.J. - 2012-06-22 08:31

      Thanx Deon! PVR you legend!

      Deon - 2012-06-22 09:28

      Pleasure! Yes what a legend! :)

  • Jacques - 2012-06-22 09:35

    Geniet hom ou grote.

  • johan.aucamp.31 - 2012-06-22 10:05

    Should be enjoyable!

  • patrick.m.ellis.7 - 2012-06-22 11:10

    Good on you John. I have huge respect for as player, captain & person. Enjoy!

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