Springbok captain John Smit will become the first South African to play 100 games for a Super rugby team when the Sharks hosts the Cheetahs in round two of the Super 14.
The 31-year-old Smit will reach the landmark in Durban on Friday and will be joined by Pedrie Wannenberg a day later when he makes his 100th Super rugby appearance for the Bulls.
Former South Africa internationals A.J. Venter, Ollie le Roux and Albert van den Berg have all played more than 100 games but for different teams.
Smit made his then Super 12 debut in 1999 and apart from a brief spell at French club Clermont has spent his entire career at the Sharks.
George Gregan holds the Super rugby record with 136 games for Australia’s Brumbies. — Sapa