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Veteran Test forward George Smith has announced his retirement from international rugby.

The Australian reports that Smith, 29, played 110 Tests for the Wallabies. He is one of only four men to have played more than 100 times for his country after making his debut against France in 2000.

The skilful flanker is contracted to the ARU until the end of next year but will seek a release from that deal to pursue a contract overseas.

He will play with the Brumbies in the season’s Super 14 which starts next weekend.

Smith has been usurped as Australia’s premier openside flanker by the Western Force’s 21-year-old flyer David Pocock.

“The decision to retire from Test Rugby has been a very difficult one for me and one that I have made after much consideration and soul searching in recent months,” Smith said.

“Although I believe that I could play competitive rugby at the highest level and contribute to the Wallabies for many years to come I know in my heart that this is the right time to step aside.

“In recent times I believe that the Wallabies have created the right balance between providing opportunity for the outstanding young talent that is within Australian rugby and also having the knowledge and experience in senior players to bring out their very best.

“Under Robbie Deans the Wallabies player group has committed itself and worked incredibly hard and I believe that the fruits of this hard work will be seen in the months and years ahead, most importantly at the 2011 World Cup.”

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  1. Is this guy a cousin of Vicky?

    He says all these GREAT things about rugby in Aus – and his own abilities – and the new blood – and the great 2011 WC ahead under Deans.

    but

    his actions speak soooo loud – I don’t hear a word he says.

    If everything is sooo great – and WC is only “next” year – why play this year and although having a contract in place till end off 2011 – LEAVE – when everything is soooo great.

    Gaan praat kak iewers anders . . . oops . . .besef nou net – hy het en hulle LIEF hom seker vir hoe openlik hy is.

    This is only half-the-story !!!

  2. Yeah… I broke this news first on a RW thread…

    He has an awesome business… needs to apply himself too…

    Is there another forward that has his test cap record at his age?

  3. Robbie Deans told him… no can do bro…

    Phil auigh and that other Rhodesian kid are the wy of the future not you Georgie boy…

    Never liked him

    Second rate

  4. excellent player, still younf but a younger man’s position, besides i think Pocock is going to make the position his for the next few years.

  5. Damn

    He should have been playing here…

    You guys realize that the Kriges from Zambia and Mordts and Skinsteds from Zim are increasingly going to be running out for Aus, Eng, NZ with the Engelbrechts and Van Der Merwes and that ilk…

  6. Reply to DavidS @ 12:20 pm:
    what you talking about england’s best player is a Pietersen, you have no idea how much that pulks me, as for his 3 lions tatoo, bliksem maar hy is n regte poepol…

  7. Good luck Georgie,
    many thanks for many moments.
    I saw you many times concentrate only on the ball
    and not the bullshit
    andthink you are a flanker of legend
    only the best boet,
    mooistap

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