Juan commits to Cheetahs

June 4, 2010
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His business interests and pride in the Cheetahs jersey made it easy for Juan Smith to renew his contract with the Free State Rugby Union.

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The 28-year-old Smith owns a butchery in Bloemfontein and also farms with cattle between Bloemfontein and Kimberley.

Smith’s agent, Stephan Weyers, confirmed on Thursday that the Lions and Sharks were interested in signing him.

A number of offers from overseas were also on the table, but the Cheetahs captain did not want to risk jeopardising his Springbok career by accepting one of those prior to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

“He signed a contract for a further two years with the Cheetahs. Juan also has a Springbok contract that runs until the end of next year. One can only admire his loyalty,” said Weyers.

“Every year he receives offers for more than double his annual salary (against what he earns at the Cheetahs). The Cheetahs are privileged to have such a leader.”

Smith’s decision follows a recent announcement by the Cheetahs that Springbok tighthead prop CJ van der Linde will play for them in the Currie Cup.

Unfortunately for the Cheetahs, Van der Linde may be one of the Boks the South African Rugby Union would like to see rested during the Currie Cup, but may well be available for a possible semifinal and final.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské believes that the decisions by Smith and Van der Linde can lure a number of other players to the team, as well as convince local stars to stick around in the region.

Smith made his Currie Cup debut for the Cheetahs in 2002 when he formed a loose forward combination with Rassie Erasmus and André Venter.

Smith has represented the Boks in 62 Tests and should be available for the home Tri-Nations Tests against the Wallabies and All Blacks following his recent groin operation.

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  1. avatar manvanstaal says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Ek dog hy waai? Of het ek weer verkeerd gelees. :1up:

  2. avatar JT says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Reply to manvanstaal @ 9:21 am:

    negotiation tactics – se jy waai dan betaal hulle meer om jou te hou!

  3. avatar Morné says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Reply to manvanstaal @ 9:21 am:

    Nee jy het nie…

    Obviously he had a change of heart.

    I think the recent personal issues in his life might also have played a very big part in wanting to stay in Bloem close to his family.

  4. avatar manvanstaal says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Probably has as much to do with ‘loyalty’ as with thwe fact that his business/life is in Bloem.

    I like the fact that he has business interests outside of rugby. :thumbup:

  5. avatar Morné says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Reply to manvanstaal @ 9:46 am:

    Owns a butchery apparently and some cattle.

  6. avatar manvanstaal says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Reply to Morné @ 10:02 am: Nice combo.

    Only thing to add would be a vineyard/brewery/bottle store. :beer:

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 10:18 am


  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Best blind-sider in world rugby…

    Love the new smileys… don’t get what this one is…

    :Morne: ?

  9. avatar JT says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:58 am:

    agree with :dead horse: Bryce

  10. avatar WiLLem says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    It is also my opinion that clever players and responsible agents wiLL not only lOOk at the iMMediate cashflow that a lucrative contract wiLL oFFer, but also at the long term financial stability that proper plaNNing can bring- not just for the player – but also for the family that created the oPPortunity for the player.

    My opinion on “player” loyalty is as foLLOws:

    Nobody owes any anyone nothing.

    Rugby is not an ordinary Job

    Its one heLL of a great way way to earn a living- but with the great reward comes great risk and constant pain. So with the principle of playing where the biGGest reward is to be found- I have no problem.

    Players have realised that their Value also lies in the perception of the “client” ( read DSTV subscribers % people who attends live games as the client- with aLL the other “stakeholders’ in between just being “steakeaters” in varying degrEEs).

    It make therefore sense to play for a province- and if you are indEEd the “worlds best blindsider” with a busine$$ portfolio in the coMMunity where you were raised in( No nEEd to play for a new coMMUnity in order to invest in the stock market and aLL the big cities are satuarted anyway with ex-players having coFFEEshops), you can kEEp playing for a Province that has a long and vested rugby culture, able to hold its own in aLL competitions baRRing the Super series.

    Once the RWC 2011 has paSSed- true lucrative oFFers from Europe can be considered- uDDerwise you can just do an Andre Venter.

    Anyway- why would anyone wants to play for any other SA franchise than the buLLs?

    Jan Harm van Wyk/Lionel Mapoe were totaLLy stupid to go to the $harks- if the buLLs were interested- and we aLL know that the buLLs only puLLed out because of the Mapoe contract with FS.

    I believe there were also some iSSues between Juan Smith and Hein BruSSow- might be that BruSSow is on his way.

    I never thought Juan Smith was as gOOde a captain as he is a player- but the way he did both of the end of this years Super 14- may indEEd prove me wrong.

    Now its up to sEE how the rest of the koLLegeboys handles it- and if indEEd it is a more widespread iSSue than just BruSSow.

    Pity though about BruSSow as he is a great player, but then Juan Smith, the new red head- PhiLLip- eish his surname has now gone fakawe… and Frans Viljoen aint that shaBBy either.

    I am glad that Juan Smith is staying until next year- not that he wiLL be playing that much, but stiLL….

  11. avatar WiLLem says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    As said by the man himself:

    Lewe gaan oor meer as geld, sê Juan
    2010-06-05 01:25


    GELD is nie alles nie en vir die Springbok-flank Juan Smith is die welstand van sy gesin die belangrikste.

    Smith het vandeesweek ondanks groot aanbiedinge deur die Haaie en Leeus besluit om sy loopbaan in die Vrystaat voort te sit en sal graag nog ’n Curriebeker of twee wil verower.

    Volgens Smith, wat nog twee jaar lank hier sal uitdraf, speel hy juis goeie rugby omdat hy en sy gesin gelukkig in die Vrystaat is.

    “Baie ouens kyk vas in geld wanneer hulle ’n loopbaanskuif oorweeg, maar ek dink ek is op ’n ouderdom waar ek nie net agter geld kan aanhardloop nie.

    “Ek het ’n gesin en ’n familie. Ons is hierdie jaar deur ’n moeilike tyd met my pa se dood en wanneer jy so iets moet deurmaak, besef jy dat die lewe oor meer as net geld gaan,” sê hy.

    Smith se pa, Giel, is sowat twee maande gelede hier aan komplikasies weens slenkdalkoors oorlede. Hy het hom ook onlangs tot Augustus aan sy Bok-verpligtinge onttrek om sy familie by te staan.

    Die Bok se sakebelange in Bloemfontein, wat ’n slaghuis en plaas op die pad na Kimberley insluit, het natuurlik ook sy besluit beïnvloed.

    Smith meen die Vrystaatse Rugbyunie (VRU) het uit hul pad gegaan om hom hier te hou.

    “Dis lekker om in die Vrystaat te bly. As jy gelukkig van die veld af is, dan sal jy ook op die veld gelukkig wees. Geld kan nie vir my daardie geluk gee nie.

    “Op die ou end bly ek naby my familie. Ek het ook die slaghuis en die plaas én om daardie sakebelange self te kan hanteer, sal baie druk afhaal.”

    Hy het spesifieke doelwitte vir die volgende twee jaar.

    “My doelwit is dat die Cheetahs elke jaar in die Super15 op die vorige jaar se vertoning verbeter. Ons was vanjaar tiende en as ons byvoorbeeld volgende jaar agtste en die jaar daarna sesde kan eindig, sal dit goed wees.”

    Verder wil hy nog ’n Curriebeker wen.

    “Rugby gaan oor trofeë. Ek sal graag binne die volgende twee jaar weer die Curriebeker wil wen. Die Vrystaat het 29 jaar gewag om weer die Curriebeker in 2005 vir ’n tweede keer te wen en dit lê ons na aan die hart.”

    - Volksblad

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Reply to WiLLem @ 10:47 am:

    Who is Jan Harm van Wyk?

  13. avatar WiLLem says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:39 am:

    Lionel Mapoe’s Agent

    Ex ChEEtah Wing

    The oke who scored the disaLLowed try against WP in the ’97 CC Final- so lets

    :dead horse: the forward pass debate 8)

  14. avatar WiLLem says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 12:23 pm


    “Verder wil hy nog ’n Curriebeker wen.

    “Rugby gaan oor trofeë. Ek sal graag binne die volgende twee jaar weer die Curriebeker wil wen. Die Vrystaat het 29 jaar gewag om weer die Curriebeker in 2005 vir ’n tweede keer te wen en dit lê ons na aan die hart.””

    Take note Morne

    Somebody stiLL rates the CuRRie Cup


  15. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Reply to WiLLem @ 12:23 pm:

    Somebody stiLL rates the CuRRie Cup
    EN dis ‘n beker met tradisie, bo
    en behalwe sy 18 kt goud-inhoud,
    en ‘n kunswerk.
    Nie soos daai pis-en-patats
    affêrinkie van die Super 14
    :Boertjie normaal:

  16. avatar WiLLem says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 12:48 pm:


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