Rugby World Cup winning Springbok captain and Hall of Fame inductee, John Smit cannot deny that lifting the Webb Ellis Cup in 2007 was the greatest moment of this 11-year international career, but mentions some other standout memories and the lowest points of his career. John speaks about playing for the Sharks in Kwa-Zulu Natal for 13 years and having spells with Clermont and Saracens in the UK and how those experiences compared with one another.
Having ended his professional career at Saracens in 2013, John says he was content with hanging up his boots when he did, even though he admits that he could have played for two more years. John was thrust into the corporate environment, as he took up the position of Chief Executive at his former club, the Sharks and explains how he handled his transition, came to grips with his new career and the lessons he learnt along the way. Following three years as Sharks CEO, John resigned in 2016 to spend more time with his family and then became involved with the Rugby Centurions foundation.
John, who amassed 111 Test caps during his career, is the Managing Custodian of the foundation and discusses how this elite and unique group was formed and the objective being to help grow the sport and provide charitable assistance when required. The inaugural launch of this world-first initiative is held in London, where John hopes it will act as a catalyst for the foundation going forward and mentions how businesses can offer their support.
“Captain In The Cauldron” is John’s autobiography published in 2009 and he talks about the reasons behind writing the book and reveals that he has no plans to write another anytime soon. John also touches on his leadership style, what he hopes Rugby Centurions can achieve and his own aspirations in business.