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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 November 2007, 17:59 GMT
White deserves fitting end - Smit
South Africa captain John Smit in training in Cardiff this week
Smit says White has given South Africa an "incredibly enjoyable" time
South Africa captain John Smit hopes his side can give coach Jake White a fitting farewell in his final game in charge against Wales on Saturday.

World Cup-winning coach White will step down after four years in charge when his contract ends on 31 December.

Smit said: "This game, hopefully, will be a celebration of what Jake has given to South Africa for the last years."

White has named nine members of his World Cup winning side to face Wales, as Ryan Kankowski comes in for a debut.

Along with Smit, the other World Cup winners on show at the Millennium Stadium will be Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha and CJ van der Linde.

Percy Montgomery, Butch James, Fourie Du Preez, Danie Rossouw and Victor Matfield are notable absentees.

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Smit added: "It has been an incredibly enjoyable four years.

"From the start, we really felt he was bringing structure and an ability for us to turn things around and take the Springboks to where they belong.

"It is a sad moment now, having come to the end of the road.

"The repayment was being able to fulfil the expectation he had himself and the expectation he put on us in terms of being able to win the World Cup this year."

White held discussions over the vacant Wales post before Warren Gatland was appointed earlier this month, and he continues to be linked with becoming the next England coach.

But the 49-year-old says he will not be rushed into taking a new job, and feels proud to be leaving the Springboks in such good shape.

"I know this is the swansong for me, but I am not unhappy about it," said White. "I am very content about where we are as a group.

"The brief when I took over as coach was that we wanted to be world number one and world champions, and I've been lucky enough and privileged enough to be part of it.

"It's great for me it (final Test) is in a massive stadium like the Millennium Stadium and in a rugby country like Wales."

South Africa will play the Barbarians at Twickenham on 1 December, but Smit will be missing as his club side Clermont Auvergne have refused permission for him to play.


South Africa team to face Wales on Saturday:

Ruan Pienaar; JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Bryan Habana; Andre Pretorius, Ricky Januarie; CJ van der Linde, John Smit (capt), Jannie Du Plessis, Bakkies Botha, Johann Muller, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Ryan Kankowski.
Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Heinke van der Merwe, Albert van den Berg, Hilton Lobberts, Wynand Olivier, Conrad Jantjes, Akona Ndungane


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