Bok flank Juan Smith quietly left South Africa via Oliver Tambo Airport yesterday with his agent Stephan Weyers, to attend medical and fitness assessments with French side Toulon.
The 32 year old Springbok flank, who announced his retirement from all rugby earlier this year after yet another injury setback with his troublesome Achilles injury, apparently underwent another procedure which was successful. He could finalise a contract as early as Wednesday, if all tests are successful. He has reportedly been training hard in the gym, without any discomfort. He will join fellow South African rugby players Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana, Joe van Niekerk, Danie Rossouw and Michael Claasens at Toulon.
The Cheetahs president, Harold Verster was keen to see Juan back with the Cheetahs, but he seems to want to further his career overseas.