Back where he belongs

After a difficult period at tighthead prop, John Smit has returned to hooker. And he wants to stay there.

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In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week, Smit reveals how he feared for his safety when he was moved to tighthead prop in 2008, and how the constant media attention on the positional switch drove him crazy.

He goes on to explain why hooker is his best position and says he plans to finish his Test career in the No 2 jersey.

Smit also talks about how his leadership role has changed since 2007, why he doesn’t like to be rested, working with Os du Randt, and having to shed weight to play hooker again.

Also in the new issue:

Super 14 wrap: We rate all five South African franchises, and pay tribute to the champion Bulls. Eddie Jones, in his first column for the magazine, looks back on the Soweto final and where it was won and lost.

– New Springbok scrum coach Os du Randt on what went wrong with the set piece last year, his ideal front row, and bringing back South Africa’s overseas stars

– Springbok assistant coaches Gary Gold and Dick Muir have had a major influence on the team’s playing philosophy

Zane Kirchner is ready to establish himself at fullback for the Springboks

– If there’s one thing the All Blacks fear ahead of this year’s Tri-Nations, it’s getting caught out again by the Springboks

– When Will Genia arrived in Australia a decade ago, he hadn’t even heard of rugby union. Now he’s one of the world’s most dangerous scrumhalves

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Dan Carter on his Super 14 struggles, why the All Blacks will pose a serious threat in the Tri-Nations, his ideal halfback partner, and next year’s World Cup in New Zealand

SA Rugby magazine looks at the evolution of Super Rugby from the first instalment in 1996 to the competition’s new format in 2011

– Southern Kings CEO Stephan Pretorius on Saru’s empty promises, Alan Solomons’ role as director of rugby, and transformation

Butch James: ‘I want to play in another World Cup’

Mike Catt heads into retirement as one of England’s greats, writes former team-mate Will Greenwood