Cheetahs fighting to keep Juan

2012-11-19 07:44

Cape Town - The Cheetahs are doing everything within their powers to try and stop loose forward Juan Smith from moving to France.

Smith has fully recovered from an Achilles injury, and is apparently close to signing a deal with French club Bayonne. English club Bath is also eager to sign the 31-year-old.

Smith was not among the nine loose forwards - Marnus Schoeman, Justin Downey, Leon Karemaker, Lappies Labuschagné, Davon Raubenheimer, Tertuis Daniller, Philip van der Walt, Heinrich Brüssow and Boom Prinsloo - recently named in the Cheetahs' provisional 2013 Super Rugby squad.

However, coach Naka Drotské on Sunday confirmed to the Volksblad website that they are trying to convince Smith to stay on in Bloemfontein.

Business interests in Bloemfontein could play a part in Smith's final decision.

Smith hasn't played since he got injured playing Super Rugby for the Cheetahs against the Bulls in February 2011, while the last of his 69 Tests for the Springboks was against England at Twickenham in November 2010.


  • peter.britz1 - 2012-11-19 08:02

    I hope Juan can stay, and have a final amazing season with the province, who he has served so well. In return, I hope the Cheetahs can offer the man a package commensurate with his value to the Cheetahs. Go Juaaaaan! Go Cheeeetahs! A last year with Brüssow, Juan, and Phillip vd Walt as the loose trio, will be just dandy.

      Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-19 08:54

      Ag plz,Brussow is more out on injury than any other player,aka Willemse!!!!!!Van der Walt who??????

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-11-19 08:03

    Dit sal nou vir jou sleg wees, hy was verseker een van SA se beste flanke ooit. Weereens het die Vrystaat nie geld om hul goeie spelers te hou nie, wat 'n jammerte is. As mens darm al die cheetahs moet vat wat speel by die ander provinsies sal dit 'n wilde span wees. Ek dink hy is ook op 'n punt waar hy soveel geld moontlik wil maak voor hy sal aftree.

  • - 2012-11-19 08:16

    What the hell for? He is broken and will continue to be so.

  • - 2012-11-19 08:22

    I'd be curious to know how much the Cheetahs has been paying him while he has been sitting on the sidelines. Good to see another loyal player be greatful. :(

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-11-19 08:37

      Lets be realistic here...... He could have left many times yet he stayed at the Cheetahs so surely he is now allowed to leave and try to earn a retirement package overseas? He would be stupid to turn down advances from a french club considering his injury woes and his age. Would you turn down R11.50 to the euro if you had the opportunity?

  • - 2012-11-19 08:34

    Another Smith eish!

  • Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-19 08:52

    Juan are a player with exceptional talent and track record,but i dont think the VRU have the ability to match any over he gets from abroad.He would take some time to get into match fitness,and at 31 it might take some time.Unfortunenatly WP have so many quality loose forwards,other wise he could consider a move to the Cape,Burger,Vermeulen.Koalisi,Juan,Fourie,Elstadt and Carr.........EISH!!!!!!!!!!

      peter.britz1 - 2012-11-19 10:36

      For somebody with such a big mouth, you should rather post in your mother tongue. You want to criticise Brüssow for being injured, but then you blow smoke up Schalk Burger's a$$? What a moron! I must agree EISH!! Doffie Daantjie se moses

  • spillies - 2012-11-19 09:17

    I for one, hope that Juan will not look at the money he can earn overseas, but will stay with the people and Province that he loves and has loved him, despite the long time he couldn't play, due to injuries.

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-11-19 09:18

    Let him go to France and make some good money from his talents, before his years make it too late for him. He's been a great servant of our game and if the Boks need him he's still in world's rugby village.

  • nelius.vantonder - 2012-11-19 09:22

    Here is the facts: Juan has not played for the Boks since 2010, and he hasn't played any rugby since 2011. Because of a recurring achiles tendon injury. Now looking at his age, and looking forward to the gruelling Super Rugby/Currie Cup and Bok seasons ahead, I think it is ridiculous for some of you to expect Juan to stay on at the Freestate for yet another gruelling rugby season in the Republic. The biggest motivation for players moving overseas is to play a little less rugby. Our rugby calander in the Southern Hemisphere is way too clouded and expects our players to be super human. Even ysters like Juan gets injured - he is a work horse always doing his best to carry a weak Freestate team that clearly has the wrong man coaching them into the ditch. Juan served his country well and I believe a move to France where he can play a little less rugby and condition the strain on his body and foot he will be able to serve his country for a few more years before retiring indefinitely. Let him go. Let him relax a bit in the beautiful country sides of France, find his love for rugby again, play a bit less rugby so that he can be full of vigor and passion when he gets called back into the Green and Gold. He deserves a "holiday season" he deserves to earn a few bucks and a new experience for himself, his health and his family. Its time to be human guys Juan is not a machine. The reason why he and Brussow gets iunjured so much is because they are expected to carry the FS by themselves.

      Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-19 09:36

      @nelius-give that man a bells! - 2012-11-19 09:43

      Good post, I agree he should follow suit and join Dakkies and earn a few bar overseas.

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-11-19 10:00

    I think Juan has been such a servant but now he deserves to line his pockets in his last two seasons.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-19 10:12

    Go to France and collect your pension. That's the right thing to do.

  • Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-19 11:39

    @Peter-WP/Stormers sal oor di Cheethas drap in 2013,soos in 2012,mt of sonder Juan.Cheethas en Kings sal dt uitspook vi laaste plek in di SA-Konferensie,en soos di Cheethas in PE gespeel het is alles moontlik.Een swaeltji(Juan) maki n somer ni!

  • william.cadman.7 - 2012-11-19 14:49

    Juan!!! U are by far the best blind side flank in the world, I really think it would be great to see u have another few seasons with the cheetahs and have a few more games for the bokke, good luck juan in what ever you do, you have been such a great servant to the cheetahs and for the springboks!!

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