According to Die Volksblad, Cheetahs and Bok flank Juan Smith has decided to take an indefinite hiatus from rugby as he continues to struggle with the Achilles injury sustained during his side’s opening Super Rugb match over a year ago.
Commonly considered one of the toughest injuries to ever fully recover from, the Achilles rupture that Smith sustained back in February 2011 has already kept him out of the game for over a year. He has to date undergone four separate operations to repair the damage, with no end to his suffering currently in site.
He told the paper that he will definitely not play any rugby this year, but hopes to be able to make a return to the sport in 2013. The news comes as a major blow to both the Cheetahs and the Boks; Smith regularly captains the former side and would be a strong contender for Bok captaincy under Heyneke Meyer were he fit.
Willem Alberts looks likely to have a shot at establishing his own legacy in the green and gold number 7 jersey, with Smith’s hopes of adding to his 69-test tally now rapidly fading. The likeable Cheetah will be 32 by the time he makes his comeback to the sport.Tweet