Brumbies media have announced that arguably the world’s best flanker, George Smith, is staying with the side rather than taking the big bucks in Europe.
- Smith, who is second on the CA Brumbies’ all-time caps with 118 matches, has missed just one Super Rugby game in the CA Brumbies’ last 118 matches when he was ruled out with a sternum injury for his side’s match against the Chiefs in 2005. Smith’s re-signing stands him in line to eclipse George Gregan’s all-time Super Rugby record of 136 caps.
The 28-year-old, who was a member of the CA Brumbies’ Championship sides in 2001 and 2004, has won seven Brett Robinson Players Player Awards (2001, 2003-2008), three consecutive Australian Investec Super 14 Player of the Year (2006-2008), two Rugby Union Players Association Player of the Year awards (2007-2008) and two John Eales Medal (2002, 2008). In 2005 he was also selected in the Wallaby Team of the Decade.
Smith (96 Tests) is currently the fourth most-capped Wallaby behind George Gregan (139), Stephen Larkham (102) and David Campese (100). In 2008 he became the most-capped flanker in world rugby eclipsing Frenchman Oliver Magne (89 caps) and the most-capped Wallaby forward ahead of John Eales (86 caps).
Smith says he’s looking forward to continuing his affiliation with the CA Brumbies.
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“I’ve never made any secret of wanting to remain a Brumby for life and I’m extremely happy to sign on for another two years,” he said.
Yes yes, I know McCaw, R. But Ritchie misses a lot more games through injury.
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