Smit coaches present jerseys

2010-08-20 13:35

Cape Town - John Smit's former coaches at Pretoria Boys High, Paul Anthony and Jannie Biddulph, presented the Springboks with their match jerseys on Friday ahead of Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks.

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Biddulph and Anthony coached the Boys High First XV when Smit was captain in 1996.
The Bok skipper plays his 100th Test on Saturday, only the second player to reach the milestone after Percy Montgomery.

Biddulph currently resides in Dubai where he is in real estate whilst Anthony is the current Blue Bulls Under-19 coach.
Anthony, a former SA Schools and SA Under-19 coach, spoke about the importance and significance of schools rugby and how big matches have an impact on a players attitude.

"I don't need to motivate you guys," he said.

"At this level you don't need to be motivated. But, go out there and capture the passion of those big school games that you have all played. When you pull that jersey over your head, think about that feeling and what it meant to you.

"You have to put your bodies on the line and show a hunger to succeed".

Biddulph handed jerseys to the reserves and backs whilst Anthony presented the forwards' jerseys.

In response, an emotional Smit said: "The whole week I have tried to put the 100th game in the background and make sure the team interest comes first.

"It is a great honour but there are times when the milestone is less significant than the people who played a role in getting you there," he said.

Earlier Smit addressed media at his weekly Press Conference with the 100th match the main focus.

"There have been many highlights and also some low points but the successes have more than made up for the disappointments," he said.

"It is fantastic to reach 100 Tests and even more special to be playing the game against the All Blacks," Smit said.
The Boks wrapped up their preparations with their Captain's run at Fourways High School.

The Test against the All Blacks will be played in front of 90 000 fans at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

Peter de Villiers, Jannie Biddulph, Paul Anthony and John Smit during the Captain's press conference and team picture session from the Pallazo Hotel at Montecassino (Gallo Images)


  • XXXL - 2010-08-20 13:44

    ...the extra XXXXXL jersey, is John Smit's's jersey.. and the XXXL is for Fatso Januarie....

  • Garethbc - 2010-08-20 13:48

    Well done John, enjoy tomorrow

  • Garethbc - 2010-08-20 13:49

    Well done John, enjoy tomorrow

  • Robert - 2010-08-20 14:13

    Well done Smittie!!! Now can we please thump the All Blacks tomorrow...

  • Tonsil - 2010-08-20 14:22

    Go Boys High

  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-08-20 14:26

    Attention ALL REF bashers.You can purchase a device at the test tomorrow that will allow you to listen to the Ref comments on the field. (Remember the old "Veldore" from a couple of yars ago?) You can purchase this tomorrow at FNB stadium for R160,00 each. Get one, listen & learn and stop talking bullshit on the blogs.

  • Gooch - 2010-08-20 14:29

    Congratulations John from NZ. You have been a pain in the neck for all 100 games! We have respected and admired your leadership and know you have never, ever deliberately been on the wrong side of the ruck. Not like that nasty cheating boy from the AB's. :) I just hope we get a great game with no contraversy. And PLEASE... when the Springboks lose ... I mean IF they lose ... (got to at least pretend the match isn"t fixed) all South Africa can take heart that it will not be because John's men were outplayed. No sir. It will be because the ref was against them. Can we end that sort of rubbish talk please? Go Springboks (but not too well)

  • Nats - 2010-08-20 14:36

    CONGRATS John!!! Wishing you all the best for tomorrow, I know you guys can do it. Thanks for all you have done for our rugny and our nation. Will be raising our glasses to you at 17:00 tomorrow......GO BOKKE!

  • HaggardGnome - 2010-08-20 14:37

    Pity he did not go to School House! Go Boys High!

  • Norman - 2010-08-20 14:47

    Congratulations John Smit - you are an absolute legend! Now go out there tomorrow and silence your critics and make the nation proud.

  • GarthNGM - 2010-08-20 14:54

    Well done John, well deserved and I will be one of the millions behind you tomorrow! To all those have nothing good or positive to say, rather just keep your thoughts to yourselves.

  • Go - 2010-08-20 15:07

    ....TIME TO GO FATTY... .....bye, bye..

  • Ruggerman - 2010-08-20 15:18

    @XXXL. Shame boet, nothing better to do that snipe at people who have achieved more in a few years than you will ever in a life time! RESPECT man RESPECT. A great player and great leader who has served his country with distinction!

  • PBHS - 2010-08-20 15:33

    Make them run Suicide Hill fifty times like we had too. Ten times up and down the S-bend then too Tullie van Aswegen for gym.

  • John - Boksburg - 2010-08-20 15:38

    Well done John! Critisism against you I am sure have built your carecter. No matter what is said negatively against you keep your head high for great achievement. May you lead Boks to victory against All Blacks and silent critics. Even a loss will not change your success and achievements. Thanks you for being a great leader and your positive input into rugby.

  • Your Dress - 2010-08-20 15:50

    Why is Paul Anthony's shirt hanging out?

  • DW - 2010-08-20 18:03

    The Lion from Lebannon!!! Great to see guys like John who are so successful and have made it so far in their chosen proffession remember their teachers who took the time and effort to help them get there. Just shows that MOST teachers are worth thier 8.6% pay increase!!

  • IZ IT - 2010-08-21 12:25


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