I know that the title may be a bit misleading, but I'm more interested in them as players and how effective they were to the overall team rather than their status.
So we have 3 World Cup captains.
I honestly can't say that these players were the best in their position neither were they around long enough to make a big difference to the team.
The only player that hang around, purely on reputation of being the World Cup winning captain, was John Smit, who ended up costing us a lot of close games post World Cup. Never forgetting that match in Soweto where he slipped a tackle to gift the all blacks a match.
What irritates me the most is that they are always on TV for some dumb add or a voice of wisdom when in fact they are not that special.
Pienaar - He was good, but not the best in his position. His leadership did have a big impact and I do remember the boks losing ground the kiwis in one match after he got injured, but now he sells chips and appear all over the world putting his name behind stuff. Not to mention the varsity cup which came to the detriment of the local club teams
Smit - Most capped forward, but was never the best hooker in the country but mainly for his leadership role. He moved between prop and hooker but never quite the best at either. The boks did well in 2009 against the lions when Bismark was at 2 and him moving to prop. Probably one of their most consistent years to date but post that he should have been dropped.
Kolisi - His form has dropped alarmingly, be it injury or just getting a big head after being signed to J-Z global brand and appearing on loads of TV ads. That said, I still think that he is good enough, can't say I rate his captaincy and always believed that Vermeulen was the real captain and the only player that has consistently lead from the front. I feel like he is taking credit for something that is not his but that it was a massive team effort. Especially when Sya never got past 55 min.
So which other World Cup Winning captains were actually the best player in the team, that left a lasting legacy and always lead from the front.
1. Richi Mcaw
Sergio Parissi, never won the World Cup but worth mentioning given the team he plays in and probably would have done an excellent job for France as a captain
Martin Johnson I never liked as person or a player. Just an obnoxious person and huge ego. Who does a lap of honour when drawing a game against the all blacks.
Or who does that at all. Absolutely no sportsmanship
What are your thoughts?