John Smit
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"John William Smit" is a South African former rugby union player and currently chief executive officer of Sharks (rugby union)/the Sharks. He was the 50th South African rugby union captains/captain of the South African national team, the South Africa national rugby union team/Springboks, and led the team to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He played most of his senior career as a Hooker (rugby union)/hooker, but also won 13 caps as a Prop (rugby union)/prop, where he had also played for South Africa's under-21 team. He retired from international rugby following the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the most-capped South African player ever, with 111 appearances.

Smit was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011 (while still active at club level), alongside all other World Cup-winning captains and head coaches from the tournament's inception in 1987 through 2007 (minus the previously inducted John Eales).

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I think the fact that both the Bulls and us are in a similar situation, that we have to win to qualify for a semi-final berth, could result in positive rugby.

We will also contribute to the cause of the South African Players Association (SARPA), as they will benefit financially from the game.

I suppose they are a different kind of player. I'm not quite sure what to expect in terms of shouldering up to Brendan on the weekend, so it'll be nice.

We're going to Dunedin to win the Tri-nations, not to defend it. We do not want to wait another week to see what will happen in the match between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. It is probably the worst thing in the world to wait and see if you are going to win the trophy. We must make sure we retain the title ourselves.