Jake’s secret Bok captain

If John Smit were injured, Jake White would appoint someone from outside his current squad to take over the job.

The Bok coach believes you chose your captain first and then the rest of the team.

“I know exactly what I would do if John was injured today and I had to chose a captain for the next Test,” he told Weekend Argus writer Gavin Rich. “If John broke down I would change my team to accomodate a good captain that I have identified.

“That player is not currently part of the run on team and has not been a regular member of my squad in the last two years, but he is a player who is highly respected as a leader.”

White said that while there were good leaders in the current squad, they wouldn’t take over from Smit if he was injured.

“We have players in the squad who have leadership experience. De Wet Barry, Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger have all captained teams at provincial and Super 14 level, but even with that being so, I would still make changes to accommodate a captain from outside the current team if Smit was injured. And I would do this even if the player was not the best in his position.

“I place a high premium on captaincy and the quality of captaincy that is delivered can make a massive difference to your team’s success rate. You have to have someone who can motivate his fellow players across the colour line, across the language barrier, across the cultural differences.”