Cheetahs fighting to keep Juan


The Cheetahs are doing everything within their powers to try and stop loose forward Juan Smith from moving to France.


Smith has fully recovered from an Achilles injury, and is apparently close to signing a deal with French club Bayonne. English club Bath is also eager to sign the 31-year-old.

Smith was not among the nine loose forwards – Marnus Schoeman, Justin Downey, Leon Karemaker, Lappies Labuschagné, Davon Raubenheimer, Tertuis Daniller, Philip van der Walt, Heinrich Brüssow and Boom Prinsloo – recently named in the Cheetahs’ provisional 2013 Super Rugby squad.

However, coach Naka Drotské on Sunday confirmed to theVolksblad website that they are trying to convince Smith to stay on in Bloemfontein.

Business interests in Bloemfontein could play a part in Smith’s final decision.

Smith hasn’t played since he got injured playing Super Rugby for the Cheetahs against the Bulls in February 2011, while the last of his 69 Tests for the Springboks was against England at Twickenham in November 2010.

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  1. great servant to bok rugby but NEVER helped Cheetahs much. Strauss has far better results as captain.

    Juan the PERFECT Heyneke player. Foks voort and never looks for the offload. Often dies with ball. But defends like a monster.

    Get him in now so we can have a dumb fatty in the 10 and 12 channel

  2. Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 9:54 am:

    “great servant to bok rugby but NEVER helped Cheetahs much. Strauss has far better results as captain.”

    What a load of bollocks… Cheetahs not having a quality 7/8 (and pair of locks) is exactly why they haven’t achieved anything since he’s been out injured… as for ‘results’… who you trying to kid they have gone nowhere on the ladder the last two seasons since the Rebels moved them up the log…

    Smith should head oversea’s and earn some great retirement money… Cheetah’s should let him go…

  3. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 10:26 am:

    for sure. he costs Cheetahs a fortune and never plays. Go look at CC results when Strauss took over as captain the year Jean got injured. He is royalty at FS and we spend at least 3 players wages per year on this oke who never plays.