John Smit brings down the curtain on one of the most decorated careers in the professional era tomorrow, when he leads out Saracens against the South African Barbarians at the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London.
Smit joined Saracens in the summer of 2011, and after two years of playing in the Red and Black, he is ready to hang up his boots.
He said: “The last two years here have been a treat; it’s been good to be part of a team again and just be able to really enjoy it with a great group of guys. I have had a lot of fun in my time at Saracens and the fact that is over gives me a peaceful feeling.”
Smit maybe retiring from playing the game, but will be swapping the changing room for the board room when he becomes the CEO of the Natal Sharks, the club that he was synonymous with for over 15 seasons.
“I’ve played a lot of rugby. I’ll miss the actual playing; the adrenaline of the contact and the mechanics of the game but I’m fortunate to have a position still within the game going forward, so hopefully I’ll get my fix that way.
“There is a lot that I can take from Saracens. I’ve learnt a hell of lot here in my two seasons here in a rugby point of view, an environment point of view and from a balance point of view.
“I like the way people are treated here. I like the way I’ve been treated and hopefully that is something I can take with me to the Sharks.”
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