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Former Lions scrumhalf to head up rugby at Waterkloof

NEWS: Former Lions scrumhalf Dillon Smit has been appointed as the Head of High Performance at Hoerskool Waterkloof.

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The 30-year-old Smit made an announcement on social media that he has decided to hang up his rugby boots after thirteen years as a professional player.

Smit joined the SaberCats in Houston in October 2021 to play major league rugby for them.

Smit’s professional career began with the Border Bulldogs in 2013. He would play the next two seasons with the Leopards before making his Super Rugby debut with the Lions in 2015.

Since then he appeared in more than 50 senior games for the side including Currie Cup appearances.

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In his second season in Houston, Smit tore his hamstring twice and worked diligently to get back on the field earlier this year.

He was re-signed during the off season for his second stint with the SaberCats after playing 1,190 minutes in 16 starts with three tries.

The SaberCats was one of Major League Rugby’s original teams but between 2018 and 2021 the franchise had finished at the very foot of the league on three occasions.

They appointed former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer as Director of Rugby and he brought in a host of South Africans to boost the Houston side.

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The current coach is another South African, Pote Human, who was reinstated in his role as head coach in June after serving a Major League Rugby disciplinary suspension following an altercation against the New York City Ironworkers.

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