Juan makes his comeback

2010-01-19 07:44
Juan Smith (File)
Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein – Springbok flank Juan Smith will make his comeback in the Super14 as captain of the Cheetahs after about five months out injured.

Smith was on Monday named as the team’s captain for the campaign by coach Naka Drotské.

Smith played his last game for the Springboks on 5 September last year in the Tri-Nations against Australia in Brisbane. He missed the Currie Cup after that with a knee injury.

Drotské’s decision does not come as a surprise as Smith has been the captain for the past few years. With 62 tests behind him, he is by far the Cheetahs’ most experienced player.

“He has been our captain for the past three years and there were only other captains because he was injured,” said Drotské.

He expects a “big” season from his captain.

“It’s the first time in a long period that he is taking part in pre-season training as he was not with the Springboks because of injury.”

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