super
 

Deans puts Smith on notice

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:43
Large robbie deans interview Large george smith boxing Large andy irvine   robbie deans Large george smith brumbies trai2 Large robbie deans in stands Large george smith brumbies v hig

Veteran flank George Smith says it would be an honour to restart his Wallaby career against the touring British and Irish Lions this year.

Veteran flank George Smith says it would be an honour to restart his Wallaby career against the touring British and Irish Lions this year after coach Robbie Deans confirmed a recall could happen.

The 110-Test veteran, who has been granted a loan extension by his Japanese club until the end of the Super Rugby season, was outstanding as the Brumbies clung on for a 19-19 draw against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

Interest in Smith's availability has intensified following a season-ending knee injury to Wallabies flank David Pocock and Deans has indicated he wants the 32-year-old back row forward in his squad to face the Lions.

Smith is contracted to Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath, who have agreed to allow him to remain in Australia until the end of the Brumbies' Super Rugby season, possibly to the August 3 final.

Players are ineligible to play for the Wallabies if they are foreign-based, but the contract extension could reopen the door for Smith.

Asked after Saturday's match whether he wanted to play Test rugby again, he told reporters: "I wouldn't refuse it. It is a huge honour to play for the Wallabies.

"It is such a huge occasion playing against the Lions but we're talking about hypotheticals."

Deans confirmed his interest in selecting Smith, telling Fox Sports after Saturday's Super Rugby match: "We've traded texts and we intend to talk tonight so we'll see what comes of that.

"I don't know that the [Australian Rugby Union] has to change anything now that's he's essentially contracted to play in Australia... he's not a foreign player, so to speak.

"The critical question is whether George wants to do it. He's a class act.

"It'd be great to be able to consider George. But it comes down very much to what he wants to do. I don't want to pre-empt it because it may have to be cleared from further up the food chain. But we'll have a conversation."

Smith, who played against the Lions when they last toured Australia in 2001, said work still needs to be done by the ARU to ensure he has the blessing of Suntory to line up in the coming three-Test series against the Lions.

Smith played his last Test for the Wallabies against Wales in Cardiff in November 2009.

Deans will finalise a 31-man Test squad on June 11 ahead of the three Tests against the Lions from June 22 to July 6.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 04 September 2015
Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs 17h10 Loftus Versfeld
Connacht v Dragons 18h30 Sportsground
Ulster v Ospreys 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Leinster 18h35 Edinburgh
Sat, 05 September 2015
Sharks v Pumas 13h00 Kings Park, Durban
England v Ireland 13h30 London
Western Province v Griquas 15h05 Newlands
Wales v Italy 16h00 Cardiff
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets 16h15 Scotstoun
Golden Lions v EP Kings 17h10 Ellis Park
Munster v Treviso 18h45 Musgrave Park
France v Scotland 19h00 Paris
Sun, 06 September 2015
United States v Australia 00h30 Chicago
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 13h30 Cardiff
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Force 16 3 0 13 19