Smith to captain the Boks?

2010-08-30 22:34

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein – Peter de Villiers wants to give Springbok supporters value for their money and that is why he won’t rest any of his heavyweights for Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against the Wallabies.

“I had to weigh up what people want and what they pay for,” said the Springbok coach.

“These are their heroes and they deserve to see them. The important issue is how the players are managed during the week so that they can play for 60 minutes or make an impact.

“It’s not just about picking a team because I also have to consider the role-players. I consider the supporters important role-players.”

With the Bok coach unlikely to rest overplayed senior players this week unless injury strikes, there is a good chance that flank Juan Smith will captain the Springboks on their end-of-season tour.

Smith can then take over the captaincy from John Smit. The hooker is likely to be rested alongside other senior players such as Bryan Habana, Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger with a view to having them fresh at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Smith missed a number of games in this year’s Super 14 and Tri-Nations due to personal reasons and that will make it possible for him to be picked as captain should the Bok coach decide to rest players.

The Cheetahs skipper also did not play during the away leg of the Tri-Nations and looks hungry for rugby – compared to Smit, who has played too much rugby according to his coach.

No final decision has been taken regarding the matter as Smith is a key player in the Springbok team with a view to 2011 and De Villiers indicated earlier that the tour to Europe would be a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.

However, the vast amount of rugby played may convince De Villiers to rest the senior players and entrust Smith with the captaincy duty.

Meanwhile, De Villiers said he was delighted with the impact of his substitutes bench against the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld. He did not want to single out hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle for the huge impact he made.


  • IZ IT - 2010-08-30 22:40


  • mike - 2010-08-31 00:27

    Problem with your plan is every time Bekker and Matfield go head to head Bekker comes out looking like a school boy! Don't lump Matfield into the over the hill category when he is playing great rugby and was one of the main reasons we won the Super 14.

  • ImpartialCanuck - 2010-08-31 01:46

    @IZ IT - you should also work on getting some of those on the bench replaced!! Too many second tier players seem to be ahead of SA's best? Glad to see Mr. Olivier is back playing Currie Cup - that is his level!

  • BOKFAN - 2010-08-31 02:34

    I bet that most of us had never thought of him being Bok cappie!? I am intrigue, ... it may just work!

  • Koos - 2010-08-31 02:44

    @IZ IT, haha, you must be Pinky, because YOU DEFINITLY HAVE NO BRAINS! Luckely Snor has more brains in his "pinky" than you, and we will see Victor and the boys take the WC from the crying AB's.

  • AES @ IZ IT - 2010-08-31 06:17

    LOL ok brain haha. GRAND slam tour hier kom die BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ROBAR@IZ IT - 2010-08-31 06:41


  • isakd - 2010-08-31 07:12

    Bismark Bekker en Bakkies met Brossouw en juan en duan vermeulen??? Jammer dit gaan nie harde velde van die hoeveld wees nie. dink aan agter lyn met ook n paar ouens wat maar kan gaan rus. maar Jean div en Mossie Wie op losskakel?? Die skopper moet gaan rus ook. Fourie dalk terug??

  • Christian Abroad - 2010-08-31 07:14

    I like where this is heading!! Personally Juan Smith is the most humble person I know and his class is shining through. No matter what side he is in - Cheetahs, Free State or Springboks - he brings another dimension to the game...balance. We are praying for his role as Captain as this is what a captain should bring to a side - balance under pressure. We can all talk....but this guy walks the talk! One can only respect that character trait...GO BOKKE!!! GOD is busy sorting this mess out and no amount of politics will solve the deep rooted problem in the Springboks - pride! ONLY our LORD can deal with that. The only troubling piece in this article is PDiv's attitude towards the people...can't please all the people all of the time my friend! Do what is right in GOD's sight and you will reap the rewards. Do what is right in people's sight and suffer the consequences. PDiv, you are a Mighty Man of GOD and I know you have JESUS inside of you. Let HIM take the wheel now and watch what happens. Juan Smith as Captain to start the process of "hand-over" from John Smit would be a good start....just saying...but you must be lead accordingly as you are far closer to the issues as what we as South African public will ever be! May GOD Bless you PDiv and GOD Bless die BOKKE! Still love my country and my Team! South Africa rocks! GO BOKKE!!!

  • Spekulasie - 2010-08-31 07:17

    SPEKULASIE..... Al wat dit is!

  • jaco - 2010-08-31 07:25

    cant think of a better choice - just look at the impact he has when playing for the cheetahs - not a showman and glamour boy but a hard rugby man - keep him until the WC - play Bismark, play Aplon on wing and Steyn at fullback - Butch also played well when he came on

  • keith blond - 2010-08-31 07:27

    Smit has been a gallant Captain and he needs to watch the last 5 videos of games he was involved in and see just how far off the pace he is. There is no hooker in WORLD RUGBY who is as slow as John and less productive. If he was such a great captain, how come he could not motivate his players in the games played against the AB's in NZ, to make a game of it. Losing is not a sin, but by the margin we lost is. So where is the value in keeping him on as a player. We need a mobile ball carrying hooker, like Bismarck, Liebenberg, Britz,Chili boy. John is fast becoming a liability and the sooner he makes the decision to bow out the better for him and S.A. rugby, he cannot be the palyer captain for the WC, it is a step to far.

  • GD - 2010-08-31 07:31

    One good tackle from Chilli and I bet he is guaranteed a starting place in the end of year tour and will take over captaincy after the world cup

  • STORMER - 2010-08-31 07:38

    This is what many have been calling for all along....Juan Smith is by far the best candidate. He is also a FRIKKIN FINE FINE FINE PLAYER.

  • Ivan @ IZ IT - 2010-08-31 07:43

    Must say you are not far of the mark. Still think John Smit must be there in a support role and maybe, just maybe, as an impact player. Maybe Gerhard van der Heever on the wing. We will just have to wait and see.

  • HLG - 2010-08-31 07:48

    Great Choice - Juan always shows commitment and passion!!!!

  • Marius - 2010-08-31 08:05

    Juan will be an excellent choice. None of the North vs South rugby politics involved and he commans respect of all the senior players too. @IZ IT. This also means that they will defintely rest Victor for the year-end tour which is great news, because a fit and hungry Matfield is essential if we want to stand any chance at the World Cup. Saturday again proved that when it comes to crunch time in a tight game, he is the one with the cool head that produces that one piece of magic that swings the game. That line-out steal on the Bok 5 metre at the end, showed his true value. He analysed the Ausie line-out calls so well that he could take that ball with both hands. It was almost as if it was a Bok throw-in meant for him. That is the only place where Bekker still falls short of Matfield, but under Vic's coaching he will also eventually reach the 100 test mark as a legend.

  • Pedobear - 2010-08-31 08:08

    a little to drastic

  • Tehan - 2010-08-31 08:15

    Now that will be a great move, now all we need is for Juan to move to 8th man as well, then we can pick a genuine fetcher and force Schalk to do what he does best, kruis verdediging. Spies is a impact player at best at the moment. The wing selection for the end of year tour will also be interesting, the likes of Gio, Mvovo and Basson is a must

  • Wiepie - 2010-08-31 08:16

    Juan Smith like all the Cheetah players are overrated, Ek sê!

  • Yebo - 2010-08-31 08:26

    Fantastic, he is the next best leader and would surely have surpassed Smit if he was younger. Go Juan grab the captaincy and dont let go. John will retire before the World Cup.

  • Bliss - 2010-08-31 08:32

    "He did not want to single out hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle for the huge impact he made." BWahahahaha do they honestly think we're stupid.... "HUGE" Impact??????? LOL!

  • Love Africa - 2010-08-31 08:34

    Lets not take away what smit has done for SA rugby. But when you look to a possible replacement, Smith stands out Matfield hasn't impressed me as a captain of the boks. Smith will play no.7 if fit as well as Matfield will play 5 if fit.So I guess its whatever Div decides on. All 3 players give 100% every min. of every game Smit is a natural leader and you always need that. Remember a good player doesn't make a good Captain so it will come do who has the respect of the players who can get the most out of players when the chips are down. Maybe even a Schulk!

  • Rich Lc - 2010-08-31 08:48

    must say from all the senior players he looked the most hungriest, obviously the rest did him good so I have no problem resting the likes of Habana, Smit, Matfield, Burger.

  • Vica - 2010-08-31 08:52

    @Wiepie......Contradictory statement dont you think as the backbone of WIEPIE rugby consists of ex OVERRATED cheetah players.......

  • Gavin - 2010-08-31 09:03

    The inane comments on these posts don't bear responding to!! However, it has to be said that any person who has played any reasonable level of provincial sport will know that it is not always the best player who makes the best captain. As in business, a great sales rep often makes the worst manager. John may be off form currently but it must be remembered that he was tasked with 'bulking up' to play prop for his country - a bad decision made by the management of the team. He is, and remains, the best captain for the current team - ask his team-mates! He, and others, need time off as well. The non-sporting peoples comments on these posts are often the most ludicrous in the extreme! No wonder we are the laughing stock of our opposition supporters!

  • Tony - 2010-08-31 09:08

    That will be great!

  • Patrick - 2010-08-31 09:16

    Wiepie, do not be a piepie.

  • James - 2010-08-31 09:24


  • Tania de Wit - 2010-08-31 09:26

    Absolutely awesome choice for Springbok Captain....Juan Smith is probably the best person to lead the Springboks forward least Pieter De Villers is now making good decisions...

  • Ivan - 2010-08-31 09:30

    Chilliboy is the no 5 hooker in the country.If he was a genuine substitute he should be the natural choice to be the next Bok hooker.We ALL know he will remain no 5 and that Bismark or Gary Botha or Tiaan Liebenberg are the REALL choices.It's a shame for him that he has to be part of the quota system.....

  • Sharks supporter - 2010-08-31 09:31

    Chilliboy really did play well & made a difference. Why, because he didn't have 60 min behind him, he was fresh & ready for action. He fired immediately!!

  • ROBAR@Christian Abroad - 2010-08-31 09:48

    What makes you think that our PRECIOUS LORD JESUS and our HEAVENLY FATHER care about rugby. Certainly people are HIS concern, but rugby!!! Or any sport for that matter!!!

  • EkLaaikIt - 2010-08-31 09:52

    What about Juan being the the starting captain, and Bismarck being the starting hooker, with John on the bench, to replace Juan for the last 30 min of the game as impact captain?

  • Anti - 2010-08-31 10:08

    If a captain leads by example and his men follow him, then there's no better captain than Juan Smith, that guy will run through a brick wall for the Springboks.

  • @Christian Abroad - 2010-08-31 10:09

    How do you know God doesn't support the All Blacks?

  • Dean0 - 2010-08-31 10:23

    he is a strong leader, has the respect if the bok pack and plays hard with everything he has everygame, he could make one hell of a captian!

  • Suurpoep - 2010-08-31 10:24

    Exellent choice !.... SA Rugby captain, Smith; SA Cricket team, Smith !!! please remember te leave Habana, Pietersn, January, Smit and Louw at home !!!

  • @Christian Abroad - 2010-08-31 10:28

    Are you that arrogant? How do you know that God doesn't support the All Blacks?

  • MJ - 2010-08-31 10:30

    Smit should really get as much time out there as possible and never be rested. Fatty needs to slim up some mpre. Ricky J also :D

  • Anonymous - 2010-08-31 10:33

    Pieter de Villiers has not spoken so much sense for a long time - in fact, never that I can recall. Juan Smith is a born leader and he is an outstanding player to top it all. The Springbok team will not be weakened just to have him as captain - as it is with John Smit at the helm. Let's hope De Villiers puts his thoughts into practice as a permanent move - even for the World Cup next year!

  • bongrat - 2010-08-31 10:36

    ROBAR@Christian but what makes you think that god does not care about sport. its brings so many people together

  • Dean0 - 2010-08-31 10:38

    he is a strong leader, has the respect if the bok pack and plays hard with everything he has everygame, he could make one hell of a captian!

  • Ivan - 2010-08-31 11:06

    Always thought Juan Smith has what it takes. He has a steely nerve & aggression but also has the calming presence of John Smit. The fact that he did not leave the Free State to play for bigger bucks shows that he is more than money can buy. Ultimate South African player. Stands for whats good and true. No pre-madonna and in my opinion player of the tournament for World Cup 07. Bonus that he is still young enough to Captain the side after World Cup 11. Lets just hope he does not bump his head to much. I am a Province supporter but recognise the leader of Free State Rugby as our future Captain.

  • chameleon - 2010-08-31 11:25

    finally! there's no one better suited to the task. this guy is one of the most underrated players in world rugby, simply because he shuts his mouth and get's on with it. ask any player that has played against him - he is, pound for pound, one of the strongest players they've ever encountered. a true leader, by example. time to rid the boks of the evils of bullies, gravy trainers and grootbekke and let this talismanic hero be the start of it.

  • @ Wiepie - 2010-08-31 11:39

    Where do you think does all the players come from idiot ? Bloemfon Fokken Tein ! Jannie du Plessis, Tiaan Liebenberg, duane vermeulen, juan smith, h brussow, biscmark , frans steyn , ruan pienaar , ens ......

  • attie - 2010-08-31 12:13


  • Pire - 2010-08-31 13:03

    n Wedstryd is 80min lank...nou hoekom sal die afrigter sy manne leer om net 60min te speel? Dis dalk hoekom die ouens so moeg lyk in die laaste 20min van hul wedstryde. Dalk moet iemand vir PDV inlig...hahahaha, asof dit gaan help ne.

  • ontslae - 2010-08-31 14:23


  • John - 2010-08-31 19:39

    Jees how's that Attie guy who only wants Afrikaans people in the team! Listen boet, the boer war was over 100 years ago. Lose the baggage you Neanderthal throwback. In terms the older bok players being too tired for the world cup, hello - it's in one years' time! But I agree to their exclusion on these ridiculous fiscally motivated year end tours because the younger players deserve to show their mettle.