Rugby Championship

Smith eager to face Springboks

2016-10-04 08:54
Ben Smith (Getty)

Cape Town - Fullback Ben Smith says he doesn't want to be rested for New Zealand's final Rugby Championship Test against South Africa on Saturday.

Smith has played every minute of every Test this year and only missed two games of Super Rugby for the Highlanders. Despite the heavy workload Smith insists he's mentally and physically ready to take on the Springboks in Durban.

"I'm feeling good and the body is all in one piece," Smith told Radio Sport. "I hope I play, but that's not up to me, that's up to the coaches."

Smith said the tournament structure whereby teams play two Tests and then have a week off works well for most of the players. New Zealand have an opportunity to match their own world record of most consecutive Test wins in a row (17) when they meet the Springboks this weekend and Smith admitted that is what motivates them the most.

"We know how big the challenge is to play in Argentina and then South Africa, and I think that's what excites the team."

Read more on:    new zealand  |  rugby championship  |  ben smith  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 29 September 2018
South Africa v Australia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Argentina v New Zealand, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 00:40
Saturday, 06 October 2018
South Africa v New Zealand, Loftus Versfeld 17:05
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Following the win over the All Blacks in Wellington, Springbok supporters will be counting down the days until the return fixture at Loftus on October 6. How do you see that match ending?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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