No rest for Smittie

John Smit is set to start all three Tests on the Springboks’ end-of-year tour.

The Bok captain has started the last 37 Tests for South Africa, and recently admitted playing through the 2006 season with a groin injury.

However, Smit will be expected to play a major role against Ireland and England in November, with Gary Botha and Chiliboy Ralepelle only getting a decent run against the World XV.

“It’s going to be tough because we’re playing against strong opposition,” White told the Sunday Times when asked how much game time Ralepelle could expect. “I’ll try to get him on the field if I can, but between him and Gary there should be enough game time in the World XV game because I won’t select John.”

White also defended including Ralepelle in the Boks squad, even though he was the Bulls’ third choice hooker.

“I thought I was creating an opportunity for him, I thought the quicker we got him into the system the better it would be for him,” said White. “He buys into the ethos of being a Springbok and is a leader in the way he talks and conducts himself. But in all fairness to the Bulls, they had lots of hookers contracted.”