John Smit

3rd Apr 1978 1.88m/118kg Hooker

Smit laments Erasmus' behaviour for making South Africa 'easy to dislike'

3 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

South Africa great John Smit believes Rassie Erasmus' approach has made the Springboks "easy to dislike" after the latter was banned for criticising match officials.   Springboks director of...

The Three Biggest Omissions In The World Rugby Men's 15s Dream Team of the Year

5 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

On Sunday evening the 2022 World Rugby Men's 15s Dream Team of the Year was unveiled at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco on Sunday.   Every year there are players who can feel hard...

A statistical look at Wayne Barnes' career ahead of his record-breaking 101st test match

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

England’s Wayne Barnes will become the most-capped referee of all time when he takes charge of his 101st test match on 12 November when France meets South Africa in Marseille in the Autumn Nations...

Siya Kolisi linked with a move to French Top 14 giants

4 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Cup-winning Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has been linked with a move to Paris after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.   Kolisi currently plies his trade with the Sharks in the United Rugby Championship...

Lukhanyo, Zain and Nadine receive ultimate peer recognition

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

In a landmark moment for professional rugby players in South Africa, three players have been recognised by their peers with Players’ Player of the Year awards.   Since its inception...

Moodie to start as Boks make changes for Sydney Test

2 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Talented young utility back Canan Moodie will make his Springbok debut against Australia in Sydney in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship on Saturday as injuries and the desire to try a few new player...

RANKED: The countries with the most test centurions

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

An elite group of 80 men's international players have reached the incredible milestone of 100 test caps.     Even some of the most talented players who have graced the rugby pitch...

Milestones for Etzebeth, Mbonambi as Nienaber makes changes for Wales decider

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made 11 changes to his starting lineup for the team’s Castle Lager Incoming Series decider against Wales in Cape Town on Saturday as Eben Etzebeth earns his 100th Test...

Etzebeth to become youngest Springbok centurion

4 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

A vigorous roar will ascend from the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday when the burly frame of one of the city’s and country’s favourite sons takes the field ahead of his teammates.     Eben...

5 great Springbok / England Tests of the pro era

1 year ago by Ultimate Rugby

It is a rivalry which was spawned in 1906 and has grown in magnitude ever since. Today, an England vs South Africa fixture is held in high esteem around the world, as is the blood, sweat and tears which...