Smith set to reveal future

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:31
Large juan smith   heinrich bruss Large juan smith injured 630 Large justin downey line out630 Large leon karemaker griquas 630

Cheetahs and Springbok flank Juan Smith will make a decision about his playing future at the end of January.

Cheetahs and Springbok flank Juan Smith will make a decision about his playing future at the end of January.

Smith last played for South Africa in 2010 and has been sidelined for most of the past two seasons because of a recurring Achilles injury.

Volksblad reports that the World Cup-winning loose forward is in training and will assess his fitness in the coming weeks before making a final decision.

31-year-old Smith was linked with a move to Top 14 club Bayonne in September but is reportedly willing to postpone the move to France to continue his career at the Cheetahs should he recover in time.

Smith’s last appearance for the Cheetahs was against the Bulls in the 2011 Super Rugby season.

With Smith determined to be fit for the start of the campaign, loose forwards Justin Downey and Leon Karemaker have – according to Volksblad – been released from the squad and will rejoin Griquas.

According to the newspaper, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has released four additional Griquas players; prop Steph Roberts, lock Edwin Hewitt, scrumhalf Marnus Hugo and utility back Jean Stemmet.

Philip van der Walt, Boom Prinsloo and Lappies Labuschagné are all injured but, like Smith, will have an opportunity to prove their fitness when training resumes on Monday.

Springbok flank Heinrich Brussow is still recovering from a shoulder injury, thus Marnus Schoeman, who was one of the stars of the 2012 Currie Cup, will remain in the squad.     

“From Griquas’ point of view it’s great to have the guys back. It will definitely help us with our preparations for the Vodacom Cup. Ten of our players are still with the Cheetahs so we have some hard work ahead of us before the tournament begins,” said Griquas coach Pote Human.

Griquas secured a home final in last year’s Vodacom Cup but suffered a last-gasp defeat to Western Province.

“We reached the final last year so we have no excuse not to win the title this year. Teams know what to expect from us so we will have to be smatter this season,” added Human. 

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 9 5 0 4 23
Brumbies 9 5 0 4 21
Waratahs 8 4 0 4 21
Reds 9 2 1 6 12
Force 9 1 0 8 6
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Crusaders 8 7 0 1 32
Hurricanes 9 6 0 3 31
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 4 1 3 20
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 29
Bulls 8 6 1 1 28
Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 12
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 27
Sharks 9 4 1 4 23
Jaguares 8 1 0 7 7
Kings 7 1 0 6 4