John has emulated his former Sharks counterpart, Gary Teichmann, as one of the most successful Springbok captains of all time.
In 2004, the Sharks captain led the Springboks to their first Tri-Nations title since 1998, and his leadership role for the Sharks is undeniably just as important. A hooker with an impressive pedigree of 51 Test matches under his belt for South Africa (26 as captain), Smit’s role in the inaugural Super 14 for the Sharks was indeed vital and praiseworthy (leading his team to finish within one point of a semi-final place). Smit was born in Polokwane in 1978 and attended Pretoria Boys High where he was chosen as head boy. He achieved success from a young age and steadily rose through the ranks, representing Northern Transvaal at Craven Week in 1995/6, South African schools in 1996, South African under-21 from 1997 to 1999 and then eventually the Springboks, being chosen to captain the side in 2004.
Smit married his high-school sweetheart, Roxanne, in 2004 and they live in Umhlanga with their three dogs.
Lunch Spot : Europa, Umhlanga