JOHANNESBURG – Rookie Springbok loose forward Kwagga Smith said he thought his chance of playing at this year’s World Cup in Japan had come and gone after he’d not got a second look-in following his one Test appearance at the start of last season.
The Lions flank featured in coach Rassie Erasmus’ first Test in charge – a one-off against Wales in Washington last June.
But he didn’t play for the Boks again in 2018, and he said on Monday, after being named in the 31-man World Cup squad, he thought his Bok career was over.
“It was bad to play just the one Test (last year). I really didn’t think of myself as a Bok, having played just the once.
“But I’m so grateful to the coach for giving me another chance this year. It’s awesome being a part of this squad.”