No rest for Smit
22 May 2006
Springbok coach Jake White does not expect to give his captain, John Smit, much rest during the busy international season this year.
Smit missed the start of the Vodacom Super 14 due to injury and suspension, effectively giving him a welcome two month break from the rigours of rugby.
White told the Volksblad: “I initially considered giving John a break, but first he was suspended and shortly afterwards injured, which kept him sidelined for eight weeks.”
“Thus he has had his breather. Wikus can be a big asset as a No 6 and a No 7 flank, but there’s not a shortcut to becoming captain,” he said.
“I’m not going to change my entire team when I need a captain. I can, for example, also make someone like Os du Randt the captain.”
It is not the first time that White has mentioned Du Randt as a possible captain. He has a knee injury at present and the Bok coach hopes he will recover in time to play against Scotland in Durban on June 10.