Smit: ‘we need to beat All Blacks now’

2014-08-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — With the eye on next year’s Rugby World Cup, former Springbok captain John Smit says it is important for the Boks to beat the All Blacks in this year’s Rugby Championship.

Under the guidance of Heyneke Meyer, the Springboks have lost four Tests on the trot against the All Blacks.

Their last win came in Port Elizabeth in 2011, when Peter de Villiers was still the coach.

The Boks are scheduled to meet the All Blacks at the semi-final stage at next year’s World Cup in England, and Smit feels they must beat them now in order to go into the event confident.

“You don’t want to enter a World Cup tournament without beating New Zealand. Now is the time,” Smit told Die Burger.

Before the semi-finals of next year’s showpiece event, South Africa could face either Australia, Wales or England in the quarter-


In this year’s Rugby Championship, the Boks tackle the Kiwis on September 13 (Wellington) and October 4 (Johannesburg).

They face Argentina in Salta this Saturday. The game starts at 9.40 pm.

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