Smit lines up stars for farewell

2012-03-18 22:56

Cape Town - A world team loaded with several Springboks will line up against the Sharks later this year for John Smit's farewell match.

According to Beeld, some big-name players that played with the former Bok captain have already been approached for the match at Kings Park on 22 June.

Smit and former Sharks coach Ian McIntosh will coach the team, which will be known as Barney's Army - derived from Smit's nickname Barney.

The players that have already made themselves available for the team are: Springboks Johann Muller, BJ Botha, Ruan Pienaar, Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield, the ex-Wallaby-flank Phil Waugh, as well as two All Blacks, Luke McAllister and Doug Howlett.

Smit said this will be his chance to say farewell to all loyal Sharks fans.

"It will be a huge honour to play at Kings Park one last time. I'm humbled," said Smit.

The match will also provide the opportunity for Smit to start his new foundation to help injured players. One of the foundations which will benefit greatly is the Chris Burger-Petro Jackson Players' Fund.

Smit currently plays for English club Saracens.


  • Smell - 2012-03-18 23:28

    Sorry John, by hanging on to the Bok captaincy for 2 years after you should have resigned with dignity, you denied both the best hooker in the world (Bismarck) and that very good man Chili Ralapelle their number 1 and number 2 positions as hookers on our National Team. For that extended period of brazen selfishness, I cannot be less interested in your farewell match, which probably should have occurred a few years ago.

      karsten.kaminski - 2012-03-18 23:48


      Jaryd - 2012-03-19 06:00

      Chill boy is maybe 4 best hooker, not second!

      Garth - 2012-03-19 06:52

      @smell - if you are that disinterested, why read the article?

      Jason - 2012-03-19 06:58

      Agreed. - 2012-03-19 07:17

      So dont watch. Smit's record is unparalleled (well apart from McCaw). His international reputation is excellent. The players (past and present) backed him (apart from Ollie) The coach asked him to stay on. He asked Matfield (his Vice Captain)if he should retire. MAtfield said no. Really read a bit to gain perspectives another than your own

      Shnez - 2012-03-19 11:01

      Wow Such Negativity....... Imagine watching that game with all those awesome players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would love to be at the shark tank to see that live! Regardless of the mishaps of the past "SMELL"

  • Phil - 2012-03-18 23:32

    Another payday for this Lardass. How big is the salary that John will draw from his "foundation" ? Seems like any has-been sporstman that is too old to take the field and not smart enough to have a areer elsewhere , makes a living running a "foundation"

      Koos - 2012-03-19 05:41

      You are only as good as your last game, which was two years ago IMHO.

      Garth - 2012-03-19 06:57

      @phil - lardass? You, name John Smit the ex-Springbok Captain a lardass! Who are you then? Come on, what are your credentials? All Black rugby captain maybe? Hmmm? Or maybe Australian cricket captain? Hmmm? People commenting from positions of obscurity should show respect for those that HAVE achieved something in life.

      franswaj - 2012-03-19 07:33

      wow your such a tool...... sorry rephrase jealous tool nob!!!

      tonybighit - 2012-03-19 08:27

      Ahhh Phil, so you are not a sharks fan, yet John Smit is your facebook profile picture and this article is about John Smit. So surely you would be happy for the man?

      Phil - 2012-03-19 13:21

      Blueraven , I tried to post this earlier but it has either been deleted or "lost" 1. I respect John Smit for his contribution to SA rugby 2. He stayed for too long ...because of John Smit and our joke of a coach , the best hooker in the world was left warming his backside on the bench. This contributed (just contributed) to our poor performance. 3. It seems that the fashion for "sports stars" ...over the hill ones that is to start a "foundation" ..the sports star then draws a salary from that "foundation" A nice little earner if you can get it. I am maybe too cynical but he is now in the company of Mother Teresas such as Steve Waugh , Shane Warne , Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath ...who all make a living out of their "foundations" No , I am not suggesting that these "foundations" are crooked ....just that it is very very convenient that all of these sports stars are suddenly attracted to charity work.

  • Paul - 2012-03-19 00:05

    Everyone who has commented here - Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you honestly think Smit playing in the WC cost us the trophy. Let the man pay tribute to those of us here in KZN who appreciated him. No one north of the BC (boerewors curtain) will be part of this group.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-19 01:07

      Paul, wie is daai vieslike idioot wat jou vashou?

      Phil - 2012-03-19 13:23

      John Smit was only PART of it . Poor selection , lots of mistakes , no fetcher , useless coach , over the hill team. Look at our form before the Cup .........last in the Tri-Nations and unable to beat the Aussies more than twice in the SEVEN times we met.

      Phil - 2012-03-19 14:34

      I want to add to my previous comments (for those who think I am negative) ...we NEED to do better than we did in NZ last year. We have the talented players in SA to do better than we did in NZ . We have the coaches in SA to do better. We simply need to get the right people in the right places and get frigging organised. It is NOT rocket science ...and if a coach as useless as PDV can get us to third in the world rankings much BETTER could a real coach do?

  • David Scott Duncan - 2012-03-19 00:24

    Smit is a Springbok legend, we are fortunate to have had his services. People seem to forget the 2007 World Cup, he is a World Cup winner. I've had the fortune of meeting him, helluva nice guy. Crawl back under your bridge trolls.

      Sedick - 2012-03-19 10:13

      We all agree that he is a legend, that was never in dispute. But he should have retired 2 years before the WC - Morne Dup retired when he realised that he could not perform as well as he should. Did he cost us the WC? Who knows as there were a number of players in the team chosen on past glories or potential, and not form. Does he deserve the "farewell"? Yes, but agree with another writer that it should have happened 2 years before the WC. Now, he will be remembered for hanging around past his sell by date, which is a huge pity. Just my humble opinion.....

      Joan - 2012-03-20 10:10

      As a Stormers supporter I have the utmost respect for Smit. On & off the field he has lived up to the requirements of being a great Springbok rugby captain. May he end his playing career pain free!

  • Fred - 2012-03-19 01:20

    Had Regan Hoskins and SARU doen their jobs well, this would be a festival celebration with the world cup in hand. He and they didn't. They selected a sub-par coach and the hard work of the previous four years, and an exceptional crop of players, were wasted. Regan hasn't taken responsibility AND he's still in his job.

  • Clive - 2012-03-19 02:29

    I agree shame on you what a player he has given me many hours of wonderful rugby what ever money he has earned is not enough may he make a couple of million and enjoy it with his family wonderful person and and a pleasure to watch. Thanks John

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-19 04:56

    So he gets a game but the other ex captains dont...bit of bias dont you think

      Jason - 2012-03-19 07:01

      Me thinks Koos has not watched rugby this weekend. Lets see Bulls - 1 Blues +1 - Stormers + 1 Blues -1. Face it, up and under land is losing games for you guys.

      Garth - 2012-03-19 07:03

      What you ignorants do not comprehend with your empty heads it that he, and his foundation, have organised this, put this together, created the match, done the homework, etc. This is not a handout you idiots. John Smit, like the gentleman that he is and giant of the sport that he loves, is giving something back! Who are you and what have you done for the planet lately that places you on such a pedestal? John Smit = RESPECT! - 2012-03-19 07:21

      Plenty of ex-captains got a game * Naas got a few testimonial games * Teichmann got a benefit game (Newport vs Sharks) * I believe Joost got a send off Some didn't - Francois Pienaar fell out with the authorities.

      Julie - 2012-03-19 10:32

      @brionly.french, a previous ex-captain DID get a farewell game at King's Park after Nick Mallet - who was 'Bok coach at the time - dropped Gary Teichmann in favour of "Pretty-boy" Bob Skinstadt after leading the Boks to win - I think - 16 games, and then they lost the 17th. I - and many others - thought this was a dirty one Mallett pulled, as Skinstadt had not played for quite a while following an injury, but Mallett rated him a better no. 8 than Teichmann - oh, PLEASE!!! Anyway, Gary DID play a farewell game at King's Park, which was packed to the brim with not only Sharks' supporters, but Gary Teichmann supporters from other clubs - a fitting farewell... And I have the world of respect for both Gary AND John. May their futures be very fruitful for them and their families...

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-19 10:43

      I was at the Corne Krige testimonial games - WP vs the World - this is not a rare thing

  • Forest Gump - 2012-03-19 06:00

    Smit.. LEGEND!!

      Koos - 2012-03-19 07:02


  • Frans - 2012-03-19 10:32

    All that is said about John Smit with regards to his personality is true, but you need your best hooker on the field and we all know that PdeV shot himself in the foot for hanging on for too long with Smit.Your captain should be picked from your best 15. There should be no doubt about his merit in the team.In this respect Schalk Burger our future Springbok captain should have been the obvious choice.

  • Jody - 2012-03-19 13:04

    I will be attending, John deserves all the credit he can get.

  • Vic - 2012-03-19 13:40

    There we go again----same idiots "playing same old tune", saying same repetitive things over & over again.!! When are you going to get it into your THICK skulls that you CANNOT change history/what's happened, but....can only change what's going to happen in the future & this is BEST done positively.!! Even if you do think Smit should've retired long ago & that Peter de Villiers is a useless Coach, it won't & CAN'T change anything whatsoever.!!!! Smit fully deserves this farewell & it's great for all concerned. When one sets up a Foundation, it is done for the benefit of the Charities one chooses to do it for----one does NOT make money out of it oneself......PLEASE, where the hell do you come from, making ridiculous comments/statements like that, that he's going to enrich himself.??!! A number of sportsmen?women have already done this & to name just a couple, there are Jacques Kallis, Percy Montgomery & these are ones that come to mind right now.!!

      Phil - 2012-03-19 13:47

      "When one sets up a Foundation, it is done for the benefit of the Charities one chooses to do it for----one does NOT make money out of it oneself." They draw their montly salary from the "foundation" . The "foundation" pays day to day expenses etc etc. Its a super little earner. ....nothing illegal. Just a great way to earn money off your "name" .

  • John - 2012-03-19 14:19

    Are u going to select Adi jacobs ,Ricky januarie ,earl rose ,luke watson ,heini adams ,bolla conradie,conrad jantitjies ,denwall demas ,zwandile stick ,ryno benjamin ,ashley johnson ,hilton lobberts ,ismaelee dollie ,and all our black players u killed by denying them game time - 2012-03-19 18:04

      Huh? How did Smit deny any of these guys of game time? And he probably will invite Adi Jacobs since they were team mates for a long time When did Luke Watson get reclassified

  • Paul - 2012-03-19 19:48

    I hope the game rains out... HAHAHAHAH!!!

  • Paul - 2012-03-20 08:07

    I will be there to watch this game irrespective of who wins it is gonna be a magic event!

  • Danie - 2012-03-20 13:11

    I love it and I think it is going to be cracker of a match, think John can settle the scores for ever with Bismark to show who is the real no. 1 in Jersey no. 2, would love it to see Bismark see he's back side, lekker man go for it John you are our hero in KZN Danie Swanepoel

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