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Skinstad casts aside rumours

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Sportal.co.nz     07 Jul 2007     Fotopress

The 31-year-old former skipper will lead a depleted South African side in Saturday's Philips Tri-Nations blockbuster against the Wallabies eager to disprove claims they are a second-string side.

The versatile loose-forward, who missed the 2003 World Cup with a broken arm, said he is not after regular captain John Smit's job and would happily settle for a spot in South Africa's 30-man-squad come September.

"I've already set my targets, I'm trying to make it into a World Cup squad and I believe the best interests for South Africa is for me to do that under John Smit," Skinstad said.

"I'm certainly not interested in vying for any (permanent) leadership positions … (I'm) not interested in doing anything else but doing the best we can away from home so that those (regular) guys have got a better opportunity to win a World Cup."