Smit confirms Sarries deal

Springboks skipper agrees two-year deal

Last Updated: 13/07/11 8:30am

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Smit: Has confirmed he is moving to Saracens

Smit: Has confirmed he is moving to Saracens

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South Africa captain John Smit has confirmed he is to retire from international rugby after the World Cup in order to join Saracens.

The experienced Sharks front-rower, who has been capped 102 times, has agreed a two-year deal with the Aviva Premiership champions - ending months of speculation over his future.

And the 33-year-old, who will arrive at Vicarage Road after the World Cup, is relishing the chance to play in the Premiership.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I am hoping to make it to the World Cup and have a pretty good shout there and that will be me.

"I have had 11 years with the Boks so I think I have had my fair share and that will allow me to concentrate fully with Saracens, when I link up with them two weeks after my last game [for South Africa], which will hopefully be early part of November.

"My intention is to go Saracens and make a big impact. My body is strong and that is why I have signed for another two seasons. I have been lucky that my body has held up pretty well and I do feel I can make a difference and fufil my role within a team.

"Saracens won the Premiership in dramatic style this season having come close last season and that doesn't happen by accident.

"There have a culture there that is working for them and I believe to defend the Premiership is a sustainable goal. My job is to fit in as fast as possible, earn the respect of the players and immerse myself in the culture."

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