Richard Ferguson

Smith calls it a day

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 12 Feb 2013 at 08:00
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Juan Smith, Springbok and Cheetahs flanker, has been forced to retire following an MRI scan which revealed that Smith has further injured his Achilles problem. Smith announced that he will quit all forms of rugby and will take a break before deciding on his future.

Smith made his return to rugby in the Cheetahs preseason looking hungry for rugby. He took part in two matches which resulted in another MRI scan and confirmation that the injury that has kept him out of the game for last two years, will keep him out of the game for the rest of his life.

It is a sad end to a player that most supporters will call a legend, giving everything on the field. He represented his country 69 times. Rumours are that Smith had to play through four games before a contract in France would become available. Whether he would have left his beloved Cheetahs team, is debatable.

We would like to wish Juan Smith the best in his recovery and hope to see him involved in the sport.


  • What a loss to the Cheetahs and the Boks. Both teams seem to lack something when he isn’t on the field. He will be missed by all.

    Hopefully, the injury will heal and he won’t be affected in his personal life by it at all.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.13 08:26:31 by Butchie34 Reply
  • LEGEND! Probably the player of the tournament at the RWC 2007!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.13 08:28:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • So, so sad.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.13 08:28:39 by Uli Reply
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  • He could probably have been the perfect blindside flanker if he could have added a few passes and offloads to his game. But then again that wasn’t part of the Springbok gameplan at the time( actually it’s never been part of the plan for the Boks 🙄 )

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.13 08:32:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • That’s too bad…Luckily we have some real quality players stepping up to the plate for the boks to replace him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.13 08:34:42 by Viking Reply
  • Ai man, the one guy with whom the tjietas have been able to beat any team.

    No amount of Goosens and Coenies can achieve what this man could by simply being on the field.

    Major loss to the world of rugby!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.13 08:36:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • So sad, he’ll be missed! Immense player.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.13 08:40:36 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Legend legend, great man, not the best way to end, but he’s been a stalwart for us, huge loss for SA Rugby

    Wish him well in all he ventures into after such a superb career

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.13 10:02:37 by Ludz Reply

  • Definitely a loss to the game. Wish him well for the future.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.13 10:03:17 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • That’s a big blow indeed. Not unexpected, but sad all the same.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.02.13 10:10:56 by robdylan Reply
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    Wish you all the best big guy. Humble, hard and relentless. The titanium spine of every team he played in.

    I can still remember his first few games as a big-haired 8th man for FS. Won’t forget that donkey-kick of a hand-off. First saw its full power when he made Shaun Sowerby run backwards of a scrum in his first season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.02.13 10:56:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • He was one of the best for the cheetahs and very good for the bokke, but he did not play for 2 years and to say bokke will miss him is rubish, since he got injured Alberts and Marcell replaced him with huge success. Sorry to say but time caught up with the big man. Maybe time for him to replace naka?

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.02.13 17:03:40 by JD Reply
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  • Last of the old schools, sadly.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.02.13 18:20:07 by VinChainSaw Reply

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