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Sharkbok

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Juan Smith makes comeback after 2 years- 2013 SuperXV
January 05, 2013, 19:32:08

 

Smith to make decision on future

 

03rd January 2013 11:32

Juan Smith Cheetahs training 2011

Juan Smith: Hasn't played since 2011

Cheetahs and Springboks flanker Juan Smith is set to make a decision about his playing future at the end of January.

 

 

Smith has been sidelined due to an Achilles injury sustained two years ago.

 

According to the Volksblad website the 31-year-old is currently in training and will assess the extent of his rehabilitation before making a final decision.

 

If the 69-Test veteran does not endure any pain after the Cheetahs' field sessions, he is set to delay his planned move to Bayonne until later in his career.

 

It was reported in September that he is likely to join the Top 14 outfit but it appears that he will now continue with the Cheetahs in this year's Super Rugby tournament.

 

Smith hasn't played since injuring himself in a Super Rugby match for the Cheetahs against the Bulls in 2011. His last Test was against England at Twickenham in November 2010.

 

The Cheetahs resume their pre-season training programme on Monday.


clevermike

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RE: Juan Smith makes comeback after 2 years- 2013 SuperXV
January 06, 2013, 08:15:39

We have two loosies coming back - Smith after an absence of two years and Burger after a year.  

Would be interesting to see how they perform in the Super 15 series - but there is one issue that needs to be stated clearly -reputation will not pull them through to Springbok selection - even though Meyer may think otherwise - performances would be the key to fuuture selection. Meyer would make a huge mistake if he picks them after non-productive performances in the Super 15


Sharkbok

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RE: Juan Smith makes comeback after 2 years- 2013 SuperXV
January 06, 2013, 08:32:23

 Both are leg injuries, so I wonder if they have retained their speed.

Juan Smith is really good in the lineout and has played some games for the boks as lock so I wonder if he should be tried at lock if his form is good. 


Beeno1

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RE: Juan Smith makes comeback after 2 years- 2013 SuperXV
January 06, 2013, 09:40:14

Please Mike give Meyer some credit. If you know not to pick on reputation be assured Meyer learnt that many years ag0!

Of course both Schalk and Juan will need to be assesed after being out so long due to injury. Schalk at 29 could well  make the World Cup is he gets back to form. Juan maybe.


clevermike

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RE: Juan Smith makes comeback after 2 years- 2013 SuperXV
January 06, 2013, 12:00:31

Beeno

I do not put anybody that can select CJ vand der Linde and De Jongh for the EOYT down as reasonable - so you really donot know what to expect.

 

Meyer in future will have to be extra-careful with his team selections so lets wai and see.


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