Rugby players retire all the time, but it is not often that you will find the global rugby community express a collective sense of loss when a player decides to hang up his boots for good.
Legendariese Springbok en Cheetahs losvoorspeler, Juan Smith, sal finaal sy stewels ophang.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské admits he has a “nice” problem with eight of his nine loose forwards available for selection.
Springbok flank Juan Smith will make his long awaited return to rugby when the Cheetahs face the Stormers in a Super Rugby warm-up game in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
A final decision regarding the playing future of Springbok flank Juan Smith will now only be made at the end of January.
The Cheetahs are doing everything within their powers to try and stop loose forward Juan Smith from moving to France.
Springbok and Cheetahs flank Juan Smith has taken an indefinite break from rugby due to an ongoing Achilles injury.
The Cheetahs’ Springbok flank Juan Smith has not been included in their pre-season training camp to Jeffreys Bay after experiencing further discomfort in training.
The Springboks have received a massive blow with the news that star flank Juan Smith will not be available for the World Cup.
With lock Flip van der Merwe also on his way home, and Alistair Hargreaves training without any discomfort on Tuesday, it looks like that the Boks will again utilise Danie Rossouw as a loose forward.
There is a fairly good chance that Juan Smith may be able to recuperate in time for this year’s World Cup in New Zealand.
They might have lost stand-in captain, Adriaan Strauss, to a broken hand, but the Cheetahs received a massive boost ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Bulls as Juan Smith was declared fit to lead the side.
The Cheetahs were dealt a cruel early-season blow when captain Juan Smith was ruled out of the Super Rugby showdown with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Springbok rugby and South African rugby in general is coming to the end of an era, and it might be time to think about what the future holds.
With the Tri-Nations about to be wrapped up from a South African perspective shifted has already started to shift to the End of Year Tour.