Legendary Springbok captain John Smit will don the skippers armband one final time as he leads the Saracens against the South African Barbarians at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on Thursday.
Smit won 111 caps for the Springboks, a world cup and Currie Cups with the Sharks in South Africa. The match with SA Barbarians will be his last competitive match before he returns to his home in Durban to take up a chief executive role with his beloved Sharks.
“A match between Saracens and the South African Barbarians is a fitting conclusion to my career, The South African Barbarians will have a number of young players in their team and it’s an opportunity for them to showcase their talents on the European stage.” Smit said.
“It’s quite emotional to consider that something that has been at the very centre of my life for so long is suddenly about to end, but my family and I are looking forward to going back to Durban and the new challenge that is waiting for me at The Sharks.” He added.