|Full name||Gert Petrus Smal|
|Date of birth||27 December 1961|
|Place of birth||Kimberley, South Africa|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (18 st 13 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Gert Petrus Smal (born Kimberley, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player and assistant coach of the South African and Irish national rugby union teams. He is currently the Director of Rugby at South African provincial side Western Province27 December 1961,
Gert Smal was a flanker with Western Transvaal from 1980 to 1983 then played with Stellenbosch University from 1984 to 1985. Between 1986 and 1990 he was a member of the Rovigo club in Italy, as player-assistant coach.
Smal had a limited international playing career due to the international boycott of South African sports teams because of the apartheid regime which ended in 1992. He captained South African Gazelles (U24 side) in 1984. He turned out for the Springboks against the touring New Zealand Cavaliers in 1986, against a World Invitation XV in 1989 and a Serge Blanco World XV team against France.
He also represented Western Province between 1984 and 1993 and the South African Defence Forces in 1986 and 1987.
Retirement from playing
On the Australasian tour with Western Province in 1993, during a match against Queensland, Smal received a blow in the mouth causing him to lose vision in the bottom corner of his left eye forcing his retirement from playing.
Following the end of his playing career, he was appointed to a number of key coaching positions in South Africa and held coaching positions at the Border Bulldogs (1998–99), Western Province (2000–02) when they twice won the Currie Cup and then with the Stormers in the Super 12 between 2003 and 2005, reaching the semi-finals in 2004.
In 2004, Smal was appointed to the South African team management as assistant coach to Jake White, during which time the Springboks won the Tri-Nations championship in 2004 before winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup. When Jake White was replaced by Peter de Villiers as head coach following the world cup in 2007, Smal offered to develop rugby in the Eastern Cape but was turned down by the South African Rugby Union 
In June 2008, Smal was appointed forward coach to the Irish National team under Declan Kidney. During Smal's time at Ireland, they won the 2009 Six Nations completing the Grand Slam for the first time in 61 years. His assistance was key in Ireland's victory over the 2007 World Champions and Tri Nations 2009 champions South Africa during the 2009 Autumn Internationals where he taught the Irish pack some Afrikaans so that they could read the opposition's line out calls.
In June 2011, he signed a contract extension with the IRFU.
Smal was replaced as Ireland forwards coach in 2013 by John Plumtree.
- Currie Cup 1984, 85 & 86 with Western Province as player.
- Super 10 Championship with Rugby Rovigo as player: 1988 and 1990.
- Currie Cup 2000 & 2001 with Western Province as head coach.
- Tri Nations 2004, with South Africa as assistant coach.
- 2007 Rugby World Cup with South Africa as assistant coach.
- 2009 Six Nations with Ireland as forward coach.
He is married to Patti and they have two children, a son Dean who attends UCD, and daughter Tamarin also in UCD.
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- "Irish read Afrikaans calls at Croke Park". The South African Rugby Players Association. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
- "Big problem was Smal - Matfield". Planet Rugby. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
- "Gert Smal Update". irishrugby.ie. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Smal appointed as Western Province Director of Rugby" (Press release). Stormers. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.