Juan likely to return for Cheetahs


A final decision regarding the playing future of Springbok flank Juan Smith will now only be made at the end of January.


According to the Volksblad website, the 31-year-old – who has missed most of the last two seasons due to an Achilles injury – will decide at the end of this month on his rugby future.

Should Smith not endure any pain after the Cheetahs’ field sessions, he looks likely to delay his planned move to France until a later stage in his career.

Sport24 reported in September last year that Smith is likely to sign up with French Top 14 side Bayonne, but it appears the Springbok will likely stay on in South Africa for now.

The recent birth of his third child, CJ, seems to have played a big role in his decision to stay in South Africa for a longer period. Volksblad also understands that should Smith be declared fit and decide to resume his playing careeer, he will do so for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.

The 69-Test veteran hasn’t played since he got injured playing Super Rugby for the Cheetahs against the Bulls in February 2011, while his last Test for the Boks was against England at Twickenham in November 2010.

The Cheetahs will resume their pre-season schedule from next Monday.

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  1. ag moerse,

    a 2007 legend coming back for a payday – and in Cheetahs case a lekker big one as he swallows up a 3rd of our budget.

    sommer play for bokke also, with Burger and the boys.

    lekker 2007 vibes, 6 years down the line

  2. A fit Juan Smith hungry for rugby will make my team any day. I hope his injury concerns are a thing of the past, this guy deserves to close his career on his terms.

  3. The Fun-N-Gun Cheetahs could sure use a fit Smith – big ask after what he’s been through.

    But if he could draw a couple defenders like he did in the past on his marauding Visigoth runs then deliver the Sonny Billesque hook pass to an ever present “you-know-who” darting in from 15 or 11….or his future World Cup sub position of 1O…..
    Whoa Nellie.
    Cheetahs to be transcendent in 2013 – who’s with me ?

  4. Also want to see Cheetahs grab 7’s world rookie of year Carlin Isles post circut before he’s released back to his regular job at MacDonald’s.
    Naka – email me I’ll hook you up brah
    YOC – you’ll have to change your pants after seeing this blazer shred defenses.

  5. Juan is a typical Bok ‘ball carier’ who hardly ever makes any meters most often dies with the ball.

    yes he defends well and is a line-out option so should go play for the stormers where they can afford him and he can muck about all day running into people.

  6. he will be best off playing lock this year. Cheetahs are going to revolutionize the game this year with two short arse terriers in Schoeman and Brussouw dominating the ruck area.

    If sicknote Goosen stays fit this will be our best year bar none.

  7. Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 9:33 am:

    Cheetahs revolutionising the game? Gimme a break mate… their loosies are going to be so tied down tackling to make up for their back’s pathetic defensive structures the last two years… it’s been 7’s style, swing and run at all costs to try and hide this deficit… which has had zero influence on their log position…

    In other news John Mitchell has already walked out on the Sale Sharks to attend to ‘personal’ issues in RSA…

  8. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 9:43 am:

    Backs defensive structures hampered by lack of a trusted starting 10. We tried about 5 fly’s the past 2 years not to mention different centre combinations.

    If they stick with Goosen at 10 and Ebersohn at 12 (rotating with Geel) and Sadie at 13 we will finally be able to align properly game in and game out.

    But big mouth, you watch this Schoeman/Brussouw combo closely – they are going to make the lumbering giants look silly this year. Expect and avalanche of turnover ball, with which we at least know the Cheetahs can do stuff with.

    Sorry to say Bryce but your much enjoyed era of defense is offense rugby is about to be declared null and void.

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

    The Irish tried the two fetcher system and the Aussies did and the Lions… all about ten years ago.

    See the pattern?

    No success…

    1. Cheetahs not revolutionizing anything

    2. None of these three teams achieved success using the system

    F***koff nou terug Bethlehem toe tot jy leer sense praat…

  10. “Sorry to say Bryce but YOUR much enjoyed era of defense is offense rugby”


    Pull the other one mate… just don’t try tell me the Cheetahs have innovated anything…

  11. Oh you mean like Smith/ Waugh…. okay I get it…

    Not at all exactly like Eddie Jones’ Australia when they lost a record number of games in a row and got him fired…

    Don’t be an idiot Brenden…

    Oh wait…

  12. smith en waugh was altwee fecthers wat na bal toe gespeel het. Brussouw speel na bal waar Schoeman meer bal dra maar die ouens kak om hom te tackle want hy is n buksie en nie n monster onder wie se voete jy net gaan inbliksem nie (soos pies, alberts etc).

    maar nou ja

  13. “Fetcher” is just a tag to gloss over other deficiencies like line-out ability etc. McCaw is a fetcher but no one really calls him that because he is an all round player. He can run , jump and steal ball as good as anyone.
    Waugh/Smith – can steal ball but are ineffective at line-out time. Spies can jump in the Line-out but can’t tackle for S&/t!
    What you want is a player that can do it all – maybe a Burger, not as good as McCaw but a better all-round player than Spies or Brussouw. If we can only get the 9 to pass to the 10 instead of Burger (for example) we will solve a big problem.