Chris Smit

Chris Smit

A past pupil of the illustrious Paul Roos Gymnasium, Chris Smit decided to stay in the Western Cape after completing his schooling, enrolling at the historic Stellenbosch University. Despite not featuring for Western Province at age-group level, the determined Smit rapidly rose through the ranks at Maties, the world’s largest rugby club by player numbers. Renowned for his humility and big match temperament, Chris thrived in the pressure and intensity of the Varsity Cup and earned his provincial call-up to the Western Province senior squad during the 2016 Currie Cup Qualifiers.

A calming influence on players around him, the experienced inside centre has also brought his versatility, distribution and kicking game to the number ten jersey, steadying the Maties juggernaut that lifted back-to-back Varsity Cup titles in 2018 and 2019. Outstanding performances saw Smit awarded with the 2019 ‘Player that Rocks’ (Player of the Tournament) award, before furthering his professional career with the Griquas later that year. A single Currie Cup start was all it took to convince the Cheetahs that Chris was destined for higher honours, and the physical midfielder made his Guinness Pro 14 debut against the Ospreys in 2019.

Player Info

DOB: 1 August 1995

Position: Flyhalf/Centre

Height: 1.83m

Weight: 92kg

Current Team: Cheetahs

Career CV

2019 - 2020

Cheetahs (Guinness Pro 14), Griquas (Currie Cup)

2018 - 2019

Griquas (Supersport Rugby Challenge), Maties (Varsity Cup)

2017 - 2018

Maties (Varsity Cup)

2016 - 2017

Maties (Varsity Cup), Western Province (Currie Cup Qualifiers)

2015 - 2016

Maties (Varsity Cup)