Former Springbok remembers his time with Mandela

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06 December 2013

Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit joined throngs of people in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. “I was loved by the world because of his leadership.”

Springboks visit to Nelson Mandela in Houghton

John first met Madiba before his first Springbok Test match in 2000. “I was more nervous about meeting the great man than I making my Springbok debut,” he said. “He saw that, smiled and embraced me. He made it just so easy to speak to him.

"For me as a player, the moments I had with him on a one-on-one basis and from a team perspective is something I will cherish forever."

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