Friday, October 28, 2011

Smit at Saracens to play, as McCaw eyes up captaincy record

Former Springboks captain John Smit ended his test career having led his country for 83 test matches, a record that could be surpassed by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in the coming years.

Smit has arrived in London ahead of his rugby swansong with Saracens, and retires with the test captaincy record, although McCaw overtook Smit during the Rugby World Cup as the most successful international skipper.

Victory over France was McCaw’s 58th test win as captain (with 66 tests in charge), a remarkable record that sees him boast an unchallenged 87.87% winning percentage. Smit won 54 tests with South Africa.

Only Martin Johnson's record - in terms of captains having played at least 30 tests - compares, with the English captain winning 37 of his 45 tests played for a 82% ledger.

McCaw has a contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2015, which could see the World Cup winning captain shatter all records as a test leader.

Only Brian O’Driscoll stands between McCaw and Smit, with the Irish captain having led his country on 81 occasions.

But Smit told the London Evening Standard that while he may have retired from test rugby, he was going to Sarries to be a player, not a vacationer.

"There are two types of players who have come here from the southern hemisphere," he said.

"There are the guys who want to come here and make a life here. Those guys have invariably done well and proven to be an asset to their clubs.

"You have had other guys who have come here and sat around and not paid the Premiership that respect. I'm fully aware of that, and it's not my intention.

"For someone who has played as long as I have, the last thing I want is for people to say I came here for two or three years and just sat around.

"Speaking frankly, there are many clubs someone like me could have gone to, jumped on the boat and seen how far it would take me.

"Saracens is not that kind of club. This is a dynamic club making huge inroads, and one that has been hugely successful over the past two years." 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

McCaw must stay in NZ after 2015: we'll always remember Morgan Parra's face the week after october 23
Mccaw 'll never be welcome in France