Smith to eclipse Gregan's record

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:10
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George Smith will become the Brumbies’ most-capped player on Sunday when he makes his 137th appearance for the franchise against the Crusaders.

George Smith will become the Brumbies’ most-capped player on Sunday when he makes his 137th appearance for the franchise against the Crusaders.

Having made his debut back in 2000, Smith has gone on the become the most decorated player in Brumbies history after securing the Brett Robinson Players’ Player award on nine occasions, John Eales Medal twice and the Super Rugby Player of the Year award in 2008.

Collectively he has made 320 professional appearances, with 110 games for the Wallabies and almost 50 in the French Top 14 with both Toulon and Stade Francais.

Most recently, Smith has been impressing Japan’s rugby community with a Most Valuable Player season at the undefeated champions, Suntory Sungoliath.

With Suntory and the Brumbies coming to a loan agreement between February and April, Smith returned to Canberra where he has slotted in for the injured David Pocock, who damaged his knee in Round Three against the Waratahs.

Smith equalled George Gregan’s record of 136 caps on Saturday against the Western Force at Canberra Stadium. Smith is one of seven player to have reached 100 caps for the Brumbies, the last being Mark Chisholm in 2011.

Most capped Brumbies:
George Smith: 136
George Gregan: 136
Stirling Mortlock: 123
Stephen Larkham: 116
Jeremy Paul: 112
Mark Chisholm: 102
Bill Young: 100

George Smith:
Pos: Flanker
DOB: 14 July, 1980
Super Rugby Pts: 90 (18t)
Super Rugby debut: 2000 v Sharks (Canberra)
Test Pts: 45 (9t)
Test debut: 2000 v France (Paris)

Appearances:
Brumbies: 136
Toulon: 30
Stade Francais: 8
Suntory: 34
Wallabies: 110
Wallabies non-capped: 1
Barbarians: 6
French Barbarians: 1

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