Smit: We'll focus on RWC later

2011-06-01 08:46

Christo Buchner

Johannesburg - Even if there are only 100 days to go before the Rugby World Cup, it's difficult to focus exclusively on the tournament, says Springbok captain John Smit.

"We are sitting between fires a little. On the one hand the World Cup is just around the corner, but you first have to focus on the Super Rugby tournament to be able to give your best for your team.

"You have to be committed to sacrifice everything for your provincial team to help them to make the playoffs.

"That makes things quite difficult. There is still so much rugby to be played before you could turn all your attention to the World Cup.

"Everybody is in the same boat. The New Zealanders and Australians are also in the position that they cannot yet think about the World Cup.

"As contenders for places in the World Cup squad we also have to shine for our provincial teams to grab the spotlight."

Smit believes an important component is that the core of about 25 players that were involved in South Africa's triumphant 2007 campaign will still be there.

"We will have a lot of experience to bank on and the guys know what it takes to get out on top. That experience is invaluable, but we will also have to come up with fresh ideas.

"We can't just think that what worked for us then will be good enough to become champions again. There are times that you have to adapt and ensure that you are a step ahead of your main opponents.

"You have to do your homework thoroughly and that will be our priority. I'm looking forward to seeing how the excitement builds ahead of the tournament. It's already nice to see how the supporters wear their Springbok jerseys on Fridays.

"It just shows how much the World Cup means to them. It also makes us as players realise that we represent the hopes of the entire country and that the onus is on us not to disappoint them. That is why we will give everything to successfully defend the title."


  • Crawfords - 2011-06-01 08:58

    That a boytjie!

  • calie.jacobs - 2011-06-01 09:00

    He should seriously focus in getting himself in shape for the WC.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-01 09:33

      He is in shape, no stfu.... coz by your photo your clearly look out of shape...

      Julius Dilem - 2011-06-01 13:27

      @ rugby_guru - you have to remember that round is a shape. So therefore calie.jacobs is in shape BAHAHAHAHA

  • Lachesis - 2011-06-01 09:04

    Smit is right what worked then wont ork this time. Bakkies Matfield Smit and some other guy's glory days are over there is a bunch of young guns that can win this for SA...

  • Jeremy Conradie - 2011-06-01 09:14

    john smit you are a legend. be a sport and win us our 3rd world cup in 5 attempts... We're behind you guys all the way

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-01 13:25


  • Gary - 2011-06-01 09:28

    "Smit believes an important component is that the core of about 25 players that were involved in South Africa's triumphant 2007 campaign will still be there" So in his opinion the 2007 squad and 2011 squad should be the same...................when did he become a selector???

      BOKLDN - 2011-06-01 11:29


  • Sheriffff - 2011-06-01 09:34

    I’m so thankful John Smit is going to the world cup, we need him there

  • WIllie Botha - 2011-06-01 09:40

    Go Smitty and the boys! The whole South Africa is right behind you guys!! GO BOKKE!!

  • Stryder - 2011-06-01 09:45

    John Smit is going to the World Cup to control the players as P Div on his own has earned no respect.

  • Zerok - 2011-06-01 09:55

    "We will give everything to successfully defend the title......" then know when it is time to hang-up your boots, be part of the management, your input will be more valued off the field. Lets get the best guys in the right positions.

      firefighter - 2011-06-01 10:47

      Agreed. The best contribution he can make is to allow the best three hookers to be selected. He is certaily not one of them. He is probably the only current international captain who has not been selected on merit but rather for some other obscure reason

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