Smith ready to tackle Lions

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:29
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George Smith is available for selection against the B&I Lions after reportedly being granted an extension to see out the season with the Brumbies.

George Smith is available for selection against the British and Irish Lions after reportedly being granted an extension to see out the season with the Brumbies.

The Courier Mail reports that Suntory have extended Smith’s loan until the end of the Super Rugby season in August following the loss of David Pocock.

The 32-year-old was initially set to return to the Japanese club on May 31 before being given the green light to remain in Australia following recent talks between Jake White and Suntory’s coaches.

The decision opens the door for the 110-Test veteran to make a dramatic comeback for the Wallabies for the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions in June.

Smith last month said there had been "no direct or indirect conversations with the ARU'', with sources indicating that the Australian Rugby Union has been playing a waiting game to see whether Smith would be in the country before approaching him for a possible recall due to its policy of excluding overseas-based players from selection.

Smith will compete with Liam Gill (Reds) and Michael Hooper (Waratahs), both of whom are among coach Robbie Deans' preliminary 30-man squad, for the Wallaby No.7 jersey.

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
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Team P W D L Pts
B&I Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
NSW-Queensland 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Maori All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0