Smith pauses rugby career

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Springboks on 4 Apr 2012 at 09:22
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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.


  • I feel sorry for Smith, what a talented player he is/was! Good luck to him and his on-going recovery!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.12 09:26:00 by G West Reply
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  • Very sorry for Smith. I hope he makes it back to the field.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.12 09:31:42 by Viking Reply
  • Its going to be a tough matchup for the 7 bok jersey. Both Burger and Alberts are playing good rigby there over the last year. It will be interesting to see how Meyer sees that position.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.12 09:33:01 by Viking Reply
  • Very sad news for Smith. He’s going to be missed this year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.12 09:36:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I rate Smith in the same category as Andre Venter. One of the alltime great rugby players. I doubt if he will be back, and that will be sad indeed.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.12 10:13:00 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 5) : it’s better that he stops while he stands a chance of still walking…

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.12 10:17:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bok loose trio to be
    6. Heinrich Brussow
    7. Schalk Burger
    8. Pierre Spies

    And with that Burger will in all likelihood be the new Bok captain

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.12 10:45:19 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 7) : He would be my first choice for captain but don’t be so sure. Du Preez is still a very strong contender.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.04.12 10:53:28 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 8) : I suspect Spies may also be in contention!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.04.12 12:58:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I don’t think he will ever get to that, look at Venter = Hey Mr Venter, you’re going to die, if you live you are going to be a quadraplegic. – Venter – Ag nee wat, jy praat stront, im soema just going to live, run a company and kick as in the gym daily.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.04.12 13:10:31 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • This is such crap news.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.04.12 13:53:03 by Ben Reply
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