Kwagga’s Ilke dreams together about WB success


What do Mount Smart Stadium and Twickenham have in common? Kwagga Smith scored a try against the All Blacks at all two rugby venues!

The 30-year-old loose forward’s work ethic and can-do attitude on the rugby field means that he is one of the key players in the Boks’ quest for World Cup glory.

And his biggest supporter is undoubtedly his wife, Ilke.

“I am very proud of Kwagga. It was already his dream from a young age to play in a World Cup tournament and to achieve the feat for a second time is very special. I definitely dreamed about it with him,” Ilke told RNews.

The two got married in December 2017, but had known each other for quite some time before Kwagga popped the big question.

Ilke says that she was 16 years old when she started dating the 18-year-old rugby player. Both are former students of HTS Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

At the beginning, Kwagga was rarely at home, especially when he was still playing rugby sevens. These days he is in action for the Shizuoka Blue Revs in Japan and Ilke admits that she is now a jet fighter.

“I live half the year in Japan and the other half in Dullstroom. Kwagga bought a farm near the Highland Gate golf estate last year – we started a guest farm (Kareekraal) and he also farms.”

The Springboks’ World Cup campaign officially starts on 8 September against Scotland in Marseille and Ilke will travel there to attend the matches.

“The support of the players’ wives plays a very important role; especially since it is such a long time away from home. I am also convinced that the team is good enough to defend its World Cup title – especially after last week’s game against New Zealand. They then sent a clear warning to the other teams.”

What are Kwagga’s greatest strengths – on and off the field?

“He is very quick. Nothing is ever too much trouble for him; he is a real farmer’s boy. Kwagga works tirelessly in every dear facet of his life.”

And it is this hard work that makes Kwagga Smith a valuable link in South African rugby.