No Smit deal, say Stormers

2013-01-23 17:14

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has dismissed reports indicating that former Springbok captain John Smit could turn out for the Cape franchise in this year's Super Rugby competition.

Wednesday's Cape Times reported that Smit's name is being bandied about as a possible short-term solution to the Cape side's No 2 woes. Smit, 33, who has 111 Springbok caps to his name, is currently the understudy to Schalk Brits at Saracens in England, and is believed to be on his way to French Top 14 giants Toulon next season, but the newspaper indicated he could make a "pit stop" in Cape Town on a loan basis.

However, Coetzee told the Stormers website that they are not in negotiations with Smit. "We are talking to three possible hookers, and I can tell you that John Smit is definitely not one of those players we are talking to!

"As soon as something is finalised with one of those players, all of whom are South African-based players, we will announce it - as we normally do," said Coetzee.

Deon Fourie - who played the majority of last year's Currie Cup campaign at loose forward - is expected to start at hooker in the Stormers' opening Super Rugby clash against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday, February 22 (kick-off is at 19:10).

However, the back-up to Fourie remains uncertain.

Tiaan Liebenberg sustained a back injury last October and has only recently been eased back into taking contact during the Stormers' pre-season training camp in Hermanus.

Making matters worse, the Stormers' worst fears were realised when 21-year-old star Scarra Ntubeni was forced to undergo surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday, and is expected to be out of action for up to three months.

Coetzee did not reveal which players they are targeting. He was speaking at the press conference held at the Cape Town Stadium to announce that the Stormers' pre-season game against Boland on February 9 will be played there.

The Stormers also face Cheetahs in a pre-season game in Bloemfontein on February 2.


  • ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-23 17:17

    Luckily it was just an early April Fools joke!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-24 01:00

      Too bad the Kings are a whole-year joke.

      alfred.killian - 2013-01-24 06:26

      You can find better hookers on street corners in cape town.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-24 10:00

      Come on guys. Smit would have been a great benefit to the Stormers. It is a pity he is not back in SA; over in France improving their rugby.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-24 10:40

      Hey chris, dont you ex SA people have Ausie news to comment on!! ha ha ha

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-25 04:34

      Hey Ruan, don't you Eastern Cape people have black rugby players to develop?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-23 17:53

    A clever person called this in the earlier comments. Well done

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2013-01-23 18:28

    Ag neeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Oupa sou so mooi in die blou en win strepe gelyk het!

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  • jivazzi - 2013-01-23 20:25

    Maybe Uncle Smit must sign up for the bowling team. With uncle Smitty in any team there will be no rewards at the end of the season

  • Doomsayer - 2013-01-23 21:07

    Only chance I ever had of supporting the Stormers in any form (except against NZ and AUS sides - South Africa always!!) is now out the window

  • iwillemse - 2013-01-23 22:07

    Let him play @ least u ll feel young again.

  • iwillemse - 2013-01-23 22:13

    Cullen, Blanco, Sadournay, Dagg,Hastings,Joubert,Percy

  • piet.boerie - 2013-01-24 04:13

    His agent is using the media to bargain for a better price

  • darryl.farmer.79 - 2013-01-24 07:47

  • rian.jaarsveld - 2013-01-24 08:15

    Ai jong you cant trust this Capie, remember he also said that he wasnt after Jantjies or any other Lions players....en nou? wont be surprised if he still pulls the rabit out of the hat. even when Mr Smit should be playing in the Golden Oldies legue.

  • jason.sole.92 - 2013-01-24 08:29

    Thank GOD.

  • - 2013-01-24 11:14

    Think Skarra Ntubeni proved that he his more than ready at this level

  • - 2013-01-24 11:15

    Think Skarra Ntubeni proved that he is more than capable at this level, why not give the lad a go?

      harvey.dent.16547008 - 2013-01-24 12:11

      "Making matters worse, the Stormers' worst fears were realised when 21-year-old star Scarra Ntubeni was forced to undergo surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday, and is expected to be out of action for up to three months." Um, maybe that's why.

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