Franco Smith
Full names: Petrus Francois Smith
Date of birth: 29 Jul 1972
Place of birth: Lichtenburg
School: Sand du Plessis
Springbok no: 643
Debut test province: Cheetahs
Physical: 1.82m, 88.9kg
Current age: 45

Test summary: Tests: 9 Tries: 2
First Test: 6 Dec 1997 Age:25 Reserve against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Last Test: 7 Aug 1999 Age:27 Inside Centre against New Zealand at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
06 Dec 199725ReserveScotlandWin: 68-101 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghGriquas
13 Jun 199825ReserveIrelandWin: 37-13 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinGriquas
20 Jun 199825FlyhalfIrelandWin: 33-0 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
27 Jun 199825FlyhalfWalesWin: 96-131 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls
25 Jul 199825ReserveNew ZealandWin: 13-3 Athletic Park, WellingtonBlue Bulls
15 Aug 199826ReserveNew ZealandWin: 24-23 Kingspark, DurbanBlue Bulls
22 Aug 199826ReserveAustraliaWin: 29-15 Ellispark, JohannesburgBlue Bulls
14 Nov 199826Inside CentreWalesWin: 28-202 conversions, 3 penaltiesWembley, LondonBlue Bulls
07 Aug 199927Inside CentreNew ZealandLose: 18-34 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaBlue Bulls

Sketch in 1997 SA vs Scotland programme

Petrus Francois Smith first won selection for the Springboks on their tour of Argentina, France and Wales last year. He played all five midweek matches on that tour and acted as goal-kicked scoring 50 points. He has played club rugby in Italy with Modena and is a product of the South African Universities, under-23 and Barbarians sides. He played his early rugby in Free State before linking up with former Springbok coach André Markgraaff at Griqualand West in 1996. He was first chosen in the South African Test squad for the match against Australia in Pretoria this year.