Kwagga: I want to play for Boks
- 22 Sep 2017
Kwagga Smith says he will definitely stay in South Africa if he is part of Allister Coetzee's Springbok plans.
Smith had an outstanding Super Rugby campaign for the Lions, but was overlooked by Coetzee for the Rugby Championship. This week, the Bok coach opted to call an overseas-based openside flank, Bath's Francois Louw, into the squad, rather than Smith or Chris Cloete, who are locally based.
In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, Smith admits he was 'disappointed' not to be in the Bok squad that was named after the Super Rugby final.
‘I want to play for the Boks, in the green and gold, and I want to go to the 2019 World Cup,' he said. 'But this was my first full Super Rugby season for the Lions, so I’m just happy people are talking about me as a Bok contender. I also chatted to coach Allister during the week of the Test against France [at Ellis Park in June]. He told me I had been playing very well and that I must just keep on doing what I’m doing.’
When asked if he would consider a stint overseas at some point, Smith said it would depend on where he stood with the Boks.
'If I’m part of coach Allister’s plans, I will stay in South Africa to give myself the best chance of playing for my country,' he added.
– Get the latest SA Rugby magazine for Smith's thoughts on that red card
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