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Brumbies keep George Smith forever!

By johnboy - 8 May 2009 6

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.

    “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.

Phil Waugh misses out, again.

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6 Responses to
Brumbies keep George Smith forever!
Beserk Keyboard Warr 2:49 pm 09 May 09

Clearly having the name “George” is conducive to longevity:

-Gregan
-Smith
-Burns

To name a few.

Steve_Pedestrian 1:22 pm 08 May 09

Phil Waugh should really send George Smith a thank you note for letting him earn money for doing nothing

justbands 12:05 pm 08 May 09

> Phil Waugh misses out, again. On what exactly?

On being first picked open side flanker for The Wallabies I’m guessing? I believe he’s recently signed to stay with The Pansies, he may well have been thinking that George Smith has heading overseas & that he’d get to play his final seasons as the No.1.

MrMagoo 12:00 pm 08 May 09

Phil Waugh misses out, again. On what exactly? Kudos where it is sddue, P Waugh is a fine player but he’s no George Smith.

ABC129 11:59 am 08 May 09

I can see next year’s bumper sticker already. A big pic of George next to the slogan “BRUMBY FOR LIFE” – love it!

justbands 11:45 am 08 May 09

Yay! Good on ‘ya George.

Interesting that three out of the 4 most capped Wallabies are Canberrans (I’m counting Queanbeyan as part of Canberra/Canberra region in saying that) & the 4th has played his entire top level career here. How many test matches do the Wallabies play here each year again? Oh yes, that’s right…none. Well, one, every 5 years or so.

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