3 May 2011

Smith confirmed as Springbok skipper

7:26 am on 3 May 2011

Hooker John Smit has been confirmed as captain of the Springboks for the 2011 season and lock Victor Matfield will remain vice captain.

The world champions kept faith with the veteran forwards who led them to a 15-6 victory in the 2007 World Cup final, although they haven't been at their best during the first half of the Super rugby season.

But coach Peter de Villiers praised the duo after a two day planning camp, saying their availability for the World Cup is a great boost for South African rugby, and history has shown that experience and outstanding leadership are essential to win a World Cup.