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.