Sydney - Wallabies great George Smith says he would 'never refuse' a
Test recall if coach Michael Cheika were to pick him for the upcoming home
Australia will take on Fiji, Scotland and Italy in their own
backyard in June and Cheika is expected to name his 31-man squad sometime this
It was only last year when Smith appeared to rule himself
out of selection for the Wallabies, preferring to hand the baton over to the
The 36-year-old's form for the Reds this season
has been of such a high level that he is being touted with a possible return to
the set-up, especially with Rebels flank Sean McMahon appearing to have ruled
himself out of contention.
And in apparent turnaround, Smith seems to have put himself
back in contention for selection but only if the Wallabies were in a crisis and
there were no viable options available.
"I would never refuse one, if it was under the right
circumstances," Smith told AAP.
"But at the same time, if he's there to develop players
within my position, I'd prefer he picked those players because they deserve the
"If it was a Steven Bradbury, everyone fell down (with
injury), I'd be happy to put on the jersey again."
Meanwhile, 2016 Super Rugby player of the year McMahon is
reportedly unhappy with the Australian Rugby Union over a contract dispute and
is set to turn his back on Wallabies selection, something that Smith is
"It's always a shame to lose any national player,"
"First time I came up against (McMahon), he steamrolled
me in the game against the Rebels.
"I'd implore him to see what's best for him as a
player. He knows what his strengths are and if he feels (the best thing) to
better himself as a player is to go overseas, then do that.
"But it's ultimately up to him.
"I always encourage players to broaden their horizons
and go and play in different countries because it does make you a better
"(But I left) because I had longevity in the game here