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In an exclusive interview with Volksblad’s Hendrik Cronjé, Juan Smith has announced his immediate withdrawal from all rugby for 2012, to fully recover from the injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of 2011. Juan has indicated that he hoped to return to the field of play vs the Lions on Saturday, but after 4 operations, he has still not recovered sufficiently!

This is a hammer blow to Naka Drotske, as Juan is widely regarded, as the best ball, carrying flanker in the world. And he has been talismanic for both the Cheetahs and the Boks.

The ultimate team man, Juan hopes to return next year, fitter and stronger. Respect, and good luck big guy!!

Even though Naka has able replacements in his looseforward stocks, a Juan Smith fully fit, is irreplaceable. Guys like young Phillip van der Walt, who is a player in the same mould, has stepped into the breach, only 22, he now has the opportunity to establish himself. The end of the 7′s series will also see the likely return of Boom Prinsloo, and Lappies Labuschagne, is also due back from a shoulder injury.

5 Responses to Huge blow for Cheetahs and Boks as Juan Smith withdraws from all rugby for 2012

  • 1

    Lets just hope that he recovers fully and returns to grace the field again.

  • 2

    What a pitty….get well soon Juan. We need you buddy!!

  • 3

    I wish him well, but lets face it, in our hearts, we knew there was little chance for him to come back. I would really be surprised if he comes back at all. But heres hoping, and speedy recovery mate.

  • 4

    It is a huge blow to Cheetahs and Boks. Always better to recover fully from a op otherwise it turns chronic.

    For now we have some great cover for Boks in Alberts, Marcell, Schalk, Pretorius, Elstadt and Kolisi (not sure of the spelling for Kolisi) excuse if it is wrong.

  • 5

    Sorry old Juan, go on retire, you sadly might have become a great, but the injuries killed your chances.
    I cant see the need for you in future, harsh but true. You missed the prime years by sitting on the sideline.
    Like JFK said Just For Kicks wrote:

    in our hearts, we knew there was little chance for him to come back

    young players have passed you , do the right thing and save your own body.


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