PRETORIA – Wearing a smile stretching from ear to ear, veteran Springbok hooker Schalk Brits shook almost every journalist’s hand on his way to the captain’s press conference in Pretoria on Friday.
The inimitable Brits is famous for his happy-go-lucky attitude, but he had an extra skip in his step after he was named as the Springbok captain for Saturday’s Farewell Test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld.
“It is a massive privilege and very unexpected, but to lead your country is one dream that came true, and it’s going to be amazing to lead an unbelievable team,” Brits said.
“For me, being part of the Springboks is such a huge honour.
“I’ve been involved with the Springboks since 2008 and only played 12 Test matches, but every time I get selected, or even performing a supporting role, it’s an unbelievable honour.”