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Captain in the Cauldron – The John Smit Story John Smit is the worlds most capped Test captain and an icon of South African rugby. Under his leadership the Springboks have won a World Cup, two Tri-Nations titles and a Test series against the British & Irish Lions. In this autobiography, Smit reveals for the first time: • What it takes to lead the worlds most complex rugby team • The inner workings of South African rugby politics • His relationship with World Cup-winning Springbok coach Jake White and his successor Peter de Villiers • How the 2007 World Cup was won and why the 2003 World Cup was an unmitigated disaster • The most complete account of Kamp Staaldraad ever published • How he inadvertently contributed to Springbok coach Nick Mallett losing his job • Why losing the 2007 Super 14 final to the Bulls remains the low point of his career • How South Africas most celebrated Springbok lost the respect of the national squad • Why Luke Watson was a cancer in the Springbok squad • Why the 2009 British & Irish Lions are a bitter memory Smit doesnt avoid any incident, and entertains with a refreshing willingness to speak openly and honestly about his world, through facts, opinions and anecdotes.

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