Farewell to the original warrior

February 12, 2013 9
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. It was announced last night that South African loose-forward, Juan Smith, have decided to call it a day following…

Juan Smith hang sy stewels op

February 11, 2013 5
Legendariese Springbok en Cheetahs losvoorspeler, Juan Smith, sal finaal sy stewels ophang. Hendrik Cronje - Volksblad Hy het die afgelope twee jaar ondanks vier operasies moedig vir sy ondersteuners probeer terugveg. Maar die Springbok-flank Juan Smith het Maandag weens ’n hakseningbesering geen ander keuse gehad as om finaal die gordyn oor sy suksesvolle rugbyloopbaan te…

Cheetahs coach smiling

February 6, 2013 10
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské admits he has a "nice" problem with eight of his nine loose forwards available for selection. Sport24 The successful return of Frans Viljoen and Juan Smith means the coach now has eight of his nine loose forwards available as they prepare for their pre-season game against the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday.…

Juan Smith returns to rugby

January 29, 2013 6
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. Sport24 Smith hasn't played any rugby since rupturing his Achilles against the Bulls on February 24, 2011, and according to theVolksblad website, the 29-year-old will get a chance to…

Juan likely to return for Cheetahs

January 3, 2013 23
A final decision regarding the playing future of Springbok flank Juan Smith will now only be made at the end of January. Sport24 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…

Cheetahs fighting to keep Juan

November 19, 2012 4
The Cheetahs are doing everything within their powers to try and stop loose forward Juan Smith from moving to France. Sport24 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…

No Juan Smith in 2012

April 4, 2012 6
Springbok and Cheetahs flank Juan Smith has taken an indefinite break from rugby due to an ongoing Achilles injury. Sport24 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…

Juan still not 100%

January 24, 2012 4
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. Sport24 Smith recently started practicing again after being out for almost a year with an Achilles injury. However, the Volksblad newspaper reports that Smith again experienced discomfort which prevented him from boarding their…

SA Rugby confirms Smith withdrawal

August 18, 2011 33
The Springboks have received a massive blow with the news that star flank Juan Smith will not be available for the World Cup. Looseforward Juan Smith will not be considered for the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad because of injury. Smith made the decision to rule himself out of contention on Wednesday and informed Springbok…

Juan losing battle against time

July 27, 2011 3
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. News24 The Sharks' lock combination of Hargreaves and Gerhard Mostert (now at Stade Francais) look set to pack down against…

Good news for Juan

March 1, 2011 8
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. Jóhann Thormählen - Sport 24 The Springbok flank underwent surgery to his Achilles on Monday after sustaining a partial tear of the tendon in Friday night’s Super Rugby match against the…

Cheetahs have their captain back

February 24, 2011 0
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. Sport24 They say one man does not necessarily make a team, but when it comes to the Cheetahs,…

Cheetahs lose captain for opener

February 16, 2011 7
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. Jan de Koning - Rugby365 Smith, who missed a large portion of the 2010 season through injury and personal issues, suffered a calf strain in the pre-season build-up…

Leading without example

January 12, 2011 99
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. 2011 will see some of South African rugby’s most famous icons and hero’s retire from the game, or move abroad to close off their careers. For a…

Juan to captain Boks on EOYT?

August 31, 2010 11
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. Hendrik Cronje - Sport24 Peter de Villiers wants to give Springbok supporters value for their money and that is why he won’t rest any of his heavyweights for Saturday’s Tri-Nations…
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