The former Springboks captain and World Cup winner returns to Saracens for the all-star game for the Restart Rugby and the #LiftTheWeight mental health awareness campaign.
Smit is accompanied by an overseas contingent including fellow South Africans Thinus Delport and Neil de Kock, Australia’s Justin Harrison, Wales’s Michael Owen, Ireland’s Paddy Wallace, Scotland’s Gordon Ross and Italy’s Fabio Ongaro.
Former England stars taking part include Iain Balshaw, Mark Cueto, Danny Grewcock, Lee Mears and Shaun Perry.
The #LiftTheWeight campaign run by the Rugby Players Association (RPA) aims to remove the stigma around mental health issues and encourage past and present players not to suffer in silence.
“If you’re recently retired it’s a major change in migrating to the real world,” said Smit.
“Rugby’s a very different life. We love it and then we have to come away from it. Rugby players maybe push it under the carpet. The campaign helps make it easier to talk about it – it’s a call to arms and it is another way to help your teammates.”
Its South African flavour is added to by Saturday night’s music headliners GoldFish, the electronica duo from Cape Town with a global following.
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