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Boks release Juan to Cheetahs

2011-08-15 16:09
Juan Smith (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth - The Springboks have released flanker Juan Smith to play in the Absa Currie Cup for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs this weekend.

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Smith, who has been undergoing rehabilitation on his injured Achilles, was released from the Bok squad on Monday morning and travelled to Bloemfontein where he will prepare with the Free State Cheetahs for their Currie Cup match against the Ford Pumas on Saturday afternoon.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the team is looking forward to play in the new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“It will be our first Test in Port Elizabeth in a number of years and the first time we’ll face New Zealand here since 1970. It’s going to be a big occasion and one we’re looking forward to,” said De Villiers.

“We weren’t happy with defeat against Australia last weekend, but we did a lot of things right in the Test - small things we’ve really been working hard on - and that was good to see. This weekend we have to be even better in our execution.”

The team for Saturday’s Test will be named on Tuesday.

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