No Juan Smith in 2012

April 4, 2012
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Springbok and Cheetahs flank Juan Smith has taken an indefinite break from rugby due to an ongoing Achilles injury.


The 30-year-old told the Volksblad newspaper in an exclusive interview that he won’t play rugby this year.

Smith injured his Achilles playing for the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby game against the Bulls on 25 February last year. Since then he’s missed the Springboks’ World Cup campaign last year and hasn’t featured in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

Smith has since had four operations and was understandably very upset with the current state of the injury.

“The right thing to do now is to give my injury sufficient time to heal 100%,” said Smith.

Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotské, is shattered by the news. “Juan is the best No 7 flank in world rugby. He was also our captain over the last few years and to lose him is a huge setback.

“It will be really difficult to replace a world class player like him.”

Smith has now set his sights on returning stronger than ever in the 2013 season.

His injury will also be a big blow to new Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. Even though the Boks boast really good loose forwards, they are sure to miss Smith’s ball-carrying ability, lineout prowess and leadership.

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  1. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    His career is ending much like Rassie’s… it’s a pity…

    What does he do for work in the meantime… surely they don’t still pay him?

  2. avatar Provincejoulekkading says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I don’t think Juan ever has to pay for a thing for as long as he stays in the States.

    Surely he has also made a few smart investments

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Reply to Provincejoulekkading @ 9:19 am:

    Oh he’ll be insured I’m sure…

    Methinks he should play somewhere like Japan for top Dollar into retirement… but then he’s Juan Smith… comfortable/easier option not in his vocab…

  4. avatar Duiwel says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Good luck Juan,hope to see you back,
    thanks for all the hard yards.
    you will be sorely missed.

  5. avatar Provincejoulekkading says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 9:35 am: Agreed, also ,theres easy and then theres fighting the kindergarten kids

  6. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    April 4th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    True Rugby legend in the old school style. They dont make them like this any more. He is what is right with rugby unlike our hire a player.
    Drop your province for more money and play for 20 teams before you retire. Thats what bankrupts sports.

    Thank-god we have young up and coming players to fill his shoes, boy are they big shoes to fill.

    Good luck and thank-you for the memories.

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