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Juan Smith passed fit to play

2013-08-22 07:49

Cape Town - Springbok flank Juan Smith is set to make his return to the rugby field after passing a medical at French club, Toulon.

Smith, 32, earlier this year retired from rugby after an ongoing Achilles injury which plagued him since the start of 2011, but - as reported earlier this week - he left for France on Sunday with the aim of reviving his career.

He is now set to run out for the French Top 14 side after undergoing medical tests on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the Volksblad website, Smith passed all the medical tests and is busy negotiating a deal with Toulon.

"I passed all my medical tests and I'm talking to them (Toulon) about a contract," said Smith.

"I'm excited and feel good. It was a long time (on the sidelines) and I'm glad it's over now. I only want to play rugby now."

Smith thanked Cheetahs fitness coach Niel du Plessis for his remarkable recovery.

"My recovery is largely due the good work of Niel du Plessis, PVM (Nutritional Sciences, a sponsor of the Cheetahs) and SSL (Sport Science Lab).

"Niel worked unbelievably hard to ensure that I can play again."

At Toulon, Smith will join up with fellow South Africans Bakkies Botha (lock), Bryan Habana (wing), Joe van Niekerk (loose forward), Danie Rossouw (utility forward) and Michael Claassens (scrumhalf).

Sport24

Comments
  • Raeez Omar - 2013-08-22 07:56

    Cant wait to see the legend back in action!!!!!!

  • Deon Bruintjies - 2013-08-22 07:58

    Vat hom Flaffie!!! Miskien vat HM jou nog saam WC toe.

  • Anton Anton - 2013-08-22 08:15

    What a phenomonal he was, go Juan

  • Jaco Bruwer - 2013-08-22 08:16

    Yes! Even if he doesn't play on our shores, good to see the good guy back!

  • Sivu Selana - 2013-08-22 08:19

    A true rugby warrior, glad to seem him back up. All the best!

  • Garfield Minnaar - 2013-08-22 08:20

    Remarkable comeback for an exceptional rugby player all of the best to Juan Smith!!!

  • Bruno De Gouveia - 2013-08-22 08:33

    LEGEND!! would of been awesome to watch him this season and last , go get your big bucks sir you deserve it!

  • Binne Goed - 2013-08-22 08:49

    Crash and bang player. We need to get away from that sort of play and try to produce MCCaw-like players (kolisi is well on his way to what we really need). All the best with his retirement in France though.

      Paul Botha - 2013-08-22 09:08

      You obviously know nothing about Juan or rugby for that matter!

      Binne Goed - 2013-08-22 09:34

      What I do know is that McCaw is seen as the best ever.

      Paul Botha - 2013-08-22 09:54

      I never passed any comment about Mc Caw , but you made a stupid one about Juan .

      Jammies Jamneck - 2013-08-22 10:10

      Daar trap Paul vir derms laat jy net sien binne goed trek....

      Binne Goed - 2013-08-22 10:13

      Are you disagreeing that Juan is a crash and bang player?

      Binne Goed - 2013-08-22 10:16

      BTW you can't compare him with McCaw, just not in the same league. So the question is, why do we always want to settle for second best? Try to produce players with the allround qualities and abilities of a McCaw, that's the way to go.

  • Robert Reeve - 2013-08-22 09:14

    Toulon looks like the Boks B side. I can imagine this lot doing French lessons together to know what's going on. Well done Juan and all the best for the season.

  • Hansie En Elmien Myburgh - 2013-08-22 09:34

    Wow!!! Great comeback Juan Smith, but why retire 5 months ago and now everything is ok. If I was the Cheetahs, I would feel a bit betrayed by this. Anyway, it would be great to see him back in a Springbok jersey.

      Stephen Smith - 2013-08-22 19:25

      They used a new procedure on him. He truly thought his career was over when he retired.

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  • Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-08-22 09:48

    Flouw en alberts se posisie in die bok span word bedreig nou...

      Binne Goed - 2013-08-22 10:11

      Nie flou nie. Smith is nie 'n fetcher nie. Ek rate hom beter as dikgat Alberts egter. 2 crash en bangers is genoeg onder die losvoorspelers.

  • Ntlanganiso Qwabe - 2013-08-22 09:59

    This news made my year,welcome back Juan "The Evergreen" Smith.I can't wait to see you in action again.

  • Martin Fourie - 2013-08-22 10:08

    Toulon is going to have to implement a quota system, otherwise the whole team will soon be SA players...lol

  • Johan Roodt - 2013-08-22 10:19

    Well done Juan. Glad to see you back

  • James-Dee Basson - 2013-08-22 10:52

    Let me pit this out there from the word go, I AM A HUGE SPRINGBOK SUPPORTER!!! However, I am going to have to agree with "Binne Goed" on this, McCaw is the best loose forward in the world and has probably been for the past 10 years. If I had to pick a world team, he would be my first name on the list at No. 7 and as captain. This is my opinion and for those who don't agree, please give me yours. I think it would interesting to see who think is a better loose forward than McCaw.

  • Pop Eye - 2013-08-22 11:21

    Shoe!!!,Cheethas couldn't get him fit,but Toulon do this overnight,money can sure improve a guy's fitness ne.Jo Go Boy, line out signals will be called in Afrikaans, so many Boks playing for them,eish!!

  • Andries Steyn Fourie - 2013-08-22 12:53

    I never post, but sometimes stupid people need to be corrected. Australia and All Blacks, number their OPENSIDE flank with a 7...OPENSIDE flanks play towards the ball...e.g. Richy Mccaw South Africa numbers the OPENSIDE flank with a 6... Juan Smith, has never been an OPENSIDE flank, he is the BLIND SIDE flank...which by default makes his job description to be a big ball carrier, offensive tackler, 3rd of 4th option line out jumper. When looking at these 4 job requirements...Juan did not have his equal in World Rugby...and Richie Mccaw did not stand a chance. But when you look at an OPENSIDE flank job requirements, then Richie Mccaw can be rated as one of the best.

      Binne Goed - 2013-08-22 13:16

      McCaw will make the Bok and any other side at 6 or 7. Fetcher, carrier, defender, all over the show. The complete flanker.

      James-Dee Basson - 2013-08-22 14:37

      Andries, as binne goed mentioned it makes no difference what position he plays or how the all blacks and ozzies number their players, McCaw is by far a superior RUGBY player than Juan Smith. I would assume you are Blue Bulls fan because going on your comment you believe in the stereotype make up of team, a big blind side flank who can "take" the ball up. Seeing that you are such a "kenner", I challenge you to pick your world 15 after the 1995 RWC and I will do the same - it will interesting to see if you pick Juan Smith at 7, because I can tell that I wont and lets leave it up to the people who have commented to rate our sides? You in?

  • Craig Dennis - 2013-08-22 14:02

    Good luck Juan Smith, I hope you have a storming game and your injuries problems are over!

  • Yusuf Samsodien - 2013-08-22 14:13

    Wishing you well. may you enjoy your rugby in France. Keep the SA flag flying.

  • Jaco Joubert - 2013-08-23 07:58

    Wys jou net die problem waa Drotske,hy het hom elke keer gedruk vir n return en toe hy nie reg kom nie was die spraake dat sy kontrak beeindig gaan word in die Vrystaat, toe retire hy maar. Wyse skuif Juan en ek hoop jy het baie sukses daai kant. En weereens n bewys, n AANHOUER WEN!!!

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