Juan Smith out of World Cup

2011-08-17 22:33

Cape Town - The Springboks have received a massive blow with the news that star flank Juan Smith will not be available for the World Cup.

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Smith has not sufficiently recovered from an injured Achilles and has therefore withdrawn himself from the South Africa's World Cup squad.

"I am not 100%," an emotional Smith told the Volksblad newspaper.

"I won't be able to give everything and realise I should put my team, team-mates and the Bok fans first. I must stop lying to myself - what I've been doing these last three weeks - and realise that I'm not ready," said Smith.

This is a huge blow for Smith, as he would have had the opportunity of playing in three World Cup's after he represented South Africa at the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.

Smith said he endured immense pain in the last while, but still carried hopes of being ready in time for the showpiece in New Zealand.

"The pain-level that I have been practicing with, was seven out of ten, which means I had to endure a lot," said Smith.

Smith says from the first day he sustained the injury he was very positive and tried everything within his ability to go to the World Cup.

"I really cannot describe how disappointed I am...immensely," said Smith. 

Smith will soon undergo an operation and will then focus on returning for the Cheetahs in next year's Super Rugby tournament.


  • FollowDaLead - 2011-08-17 22:42

    This is a huge loss, I am also emotional about this loss Juan, you would have made a difference, but look after yourself. God has also a plan through this tough time, hou vas en ons bid vir jou.

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-18 07:40

      "I won't be able to give everything and realise I should put my team, team-mates and the Bok fans first" Respect to Juan for doing this. These guys get paid lots of money to be in the WC, and he rather withdraws than riding the gravy train. You are a star Juan and will be missed come WC. I believe we have world class loose forwards n this country and should be alright come WC. Going back to his quote. I wish there were 1 or 2 others with this mentality.

      Coach18 - 2011-08-18 07:59

      Agreed i know Juan on a personal level since he left Matric he is on of the most exciting rugby players in the world and always 200% for the cheetas and the Boks and will sorely missed. Juan we wish you well and you just need to focus on getting your self 100%!

      FJ2 - 2011-08-18 08:24

      This is a man who put honesty above his purse. Big disappointment for you, Juan - maybe an even bigger one for us. We shall miss you, but remember: kites rise highest against the wind - not with it. May the Boks be inspired by this.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-18 08:39

      I hope this not gonna be one of the Boks' excuses for not reaching the play-off stages.

      Michael - 2011-08-18 08:53

      Good deed Juan, all the best. but in all honesty Juan is no longer the same player we had gooten used to in the past two WC's, he's a has-been basically, not a big loss for the Boks,big gain as a space is created for someone who's on form NOW to utilise. Good luch Juan and speedy recovery to you.

      Grant - 2011-08-18 11:42

      @Coach18 - You want Smith to get back to 100%, yet he normally gives 200%... see what happens when people dont stop at 100. Ha ha - people are giving a MILLION % these days, so Smith must be far behind the pace :P But yeah - was really hoping the guy would come right for the World Cup - always a disappointment when the main guys cant play... @Chief COCK - arent you supposed to be playing with the refs at the moment? That WAS part of the deal, right??

  • Hansie - 2011-08-17 22:45

    This is a huge blow, but luckily we do have replacements. All the best Juan Smith.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 05:16

      I would love to see Earl Rose given a run at 7. Those gloves could make all the difference.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 08:02

      Nick,it's funny how according to the anti-Bulls brigade that pretty much all the Bulls palyers are useless, but still they win cup after cup.

      jk - 2011-08-18 09:07

      when is the last time you won back to back cups?? whats you current situation on the log?? how did you do in last years currie cup?? how did you do in 2011 super rugby????

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 09:15

      We lost in the semi's against the eventual CC winners. Only just, not demolished like you lot.

  • charl - 2011-08-17 22:51

    You will be missed Juan! To have suffered through this pain - to think Tank thinks the Boks are not tough! Good luck with the recuperation.

  • Mack - 2011-08-17 22:52

    HUGE Blow. Hopefully you'll wear the bok jersey again after the RWC and even possibly captain the team. You're a true springbok.

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-08-17 23:06

    He has put country first and avoid a long term injury,good thinking.Your health comes first.Now its John Smit's turn.

  • Hayden - 2011-08-17 23:16

    Huge loss to the team but what i honour is his integrity to admit & be honest to put the team & team mates before his pride by saying his not 100%.... just wished Smit could of sincerely do the same for the hope of the country that he is not good enough anymore!

  • Anton - 2011-08-17 23:19

    this is sad.. I salute him for the courage

  • Myles T.Zengeya - 2011-08-17 23:29

    A true legend of the game, only Juan Smith could have done something so honourable and humane like this. So many players cost their team mates victory because of hidden injuries...Well done JS, you are true Bokke....Myles

  • GraemeBB - 2011-08-17 23:30

    Jaun has been struggling for a while now, and I was starting to question his ability to be ready for the RWC. He had to be ready for the last two Tri-Nation games. Hats off to Juan for making this tough call. He has honour in his reasoning. Juan is the best in his position, and this is indeed a loss. I hope Alberts lifts his game, as he had a few shockers towards the end of the S15 - but if an injury was hampering him, it would explain the sudden loss of form. I will certainly be shouting for Willem to make a great impact!

  • Nev - 2011-08-18 00:02

    That is super sad... No one will be able to fill his shoes!

  • marco - 2011-08-18 00:48

    Very sad news indeed.This guy would run through a brickwall for the Springbok jersey.Very few players of his calibre are still around for the Boks these days and that despite all of PDV's antics and his other K@K.We'll all miss Juan's contribution immensely.Best of luck mate and a speedy recovery,cheers.

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  • Pieter - 2011-08-18 02:55

    That's what you call a leader!

  • legolas - 2011-08-18 06:14

    Huge respect...he didn't hang in there for the money. Juan, don't you want to take John Smit with you. For some reason he does not want to do the decent thing and step back. He's too old, too slow and def. not our best hooker, by far.

  • Marcell - 2011-08-18 06:27

    Hy is moeg om te verloor. Om uit sy eie te onttrek sê iets van die man se karakter.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 06:46

      Karakter is iets wat John Smit 2 jaar terug verloor het.

  • thyspelser - 2011-08-18 06:35

    Juan we salute you and will miss you! Jou eerlikheid en opregtheid teenoor jouself, spanmaats en ondersteuners is iets om op trots te wees. Net jammer die kaptein het nie dieselfde beginsels nie.

  • goofree - 2011-08-18 06:37

    Aw some player on and off the field only you no whats right tough call !! but as they say you the man !! may your god look over you.

  • haha - 2011-08-18 06:52

    "I should put my team, team-mates and the Bok fans first". Can someone please forward this article to Bryan Habana and John Smit.

      Sbuda - 2011-08-18 08:29

      It won't help. Habana appears to be too dumb to see what everybody else sees and Smit even though he knows his well past his sell-by date, he is too selfish. He even declared he wants to be the first captain to defend the world cup, this after it was evidently clear that Bismark and Chilliboy are miles better than him!!! Sounds like quest for personal glory to me!!!!

  • VanBabs - 2011-08-18 07:17

    Juan this is top integrity! A pity that more guys are not honest about their injuries. Best for the future.

  • Bons - 2011-08-18 07:20

    This is a big blow for the Boks, hope all goes well with the operation and we get to see you on the field again at the start of the Super 15..

  • Tc - 2011-08-18 07:35

    Juan,you made this country proud. God belss you.

  • Hendrik - 2011-08-18 07:43

    I think Juan is the best springbok ever! This guy will die on the field to make the springbok fans proud! Juan, no one will be able to fill your shoes!This guy knows what loyalty is, even if it means to "pull out", the springbok comes first for him. Van 'n Vrystater.

  • Ware Boer - 2011-08-18 07:47

    ow s the time to bring Luke in

  • Gary - 2011-08-18 07:57

    Gonna be a big loss but big upto you my son for putting the bokke first!!!

  • Marcus Daily - 2011-08-18 08:10

    Even Stevie Wonder saw this coming, should've ruled himself out a bit sooner.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-08-18 08:14

    This is not good news, but Juan has been injured for some time and recently played very little competitive rugby. Therefore rather use players who are fit and had some game time - he will be missed but we have good loose forwards available! Juan, good luck with the op and your recovery!!!!!!

  • Susan - 2011-08-18 08:31

    For a moment i almost got excited - thought it was John Smith...

      Marcus Daily - 2011-08-18 08:49

      Our captain is John Smit dear. The only other John Smith acts in Disney's Pocahontas.

      Shazred - 2011-08-18 09:26

      So sad how quickly people forget and turn on players..... So sad!!!!!

  • jk - 2011-08-18 08:37


      cheetahkonin - 2011-08-18 08:49

      @jk - jy is n regte drol, en moerse onkundig ook!!!

      Vaunski - 2011-08-18 09:19

      quit trolling or i will call the internet police

      InternetMan - 2011-08-18 10:57

      Too late for that. Everybody calm down, I'm from the internet.

  • CapeTownJunk - 2011-08-18 08:46

    There are players you love. There are players you hate. There are players you love to hate. Then there's players that everyone respects. THe 2011 Rugby World Cup will miss out on one such stalwart. :(

  • Vaunski - 2011-08-18 08:56

    It's a real bummer, man =/

  • Mafaka - 2011-08-18 08:58

    We will surely miss you Juan! The utmost respect to you for admitting this! If you can't give 100% then you should admit that to yourself and step down... do you hear me John Smit? Juan Smith you are a legend! John Smit you are becomming a disgrace through your own making!

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-18 09:34

    So sorry to hear Juan! You will be missed at the World Cup.

  • Jason - 2011-08-18 09:51

    eish...heres to drinkn ultramel at home

  • rosemarie - 2011-08-18 10:08

    Juan Smith a man of integrity and someone you can admire. Pity he is one of a kind The walking dead John Smit, Jean de Villiers Jaque Fourie should also do the decent thing No chance of that happening of course-Best Captain- best centre pairing in the world etc.

      Makutu - 2011-08-18 10:12

      I agree on John Smit and Jean. Jaque Fourie is still bloody brilliant!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-18 11:10

      @Makutu - the first thing you have said that makes sense.

      Makutu - 2011-08-18 12:27

      LOL! GraemeBB... You can't be serious!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-19 11:26

      @Makutu - no, but I am happy to agree with you for a change

  • Christoph - 2011-08-18 10:45

    Good luck Juan! You were the one Smit(h) the team really needed to be on the field!

  • whitemamba - 2011-08-18 11:41

    Respect Juan. A massive blow for us but recover soon

  • Sbuda - 2011-08-18 12:34

    An intelligent man and outstanding rugby player makes a brave decision not only for his team nor the game but also for his country. To him SA stands a better with an in-form and fit loose forward in the team than an unfit himself. Yet some people, my people, still look at this with a transformation/racial eye!!!!! It's moments like these when when being black just sucks! I have a question for you; how many undeserving black players, selected only for political reasons (and one Lawrence Sephaka comes to mind), would have done what Juan did?

  • Josh Brown - 2011-08-18 13:32

    Massive loss!!! Shame. He's definitely a WORLD class player and the Boks will definitely miss him. He brings leadership and mobility to the flanking role. Apart from Burger, Spies and Brussow, the Boks flankers are these big SLOW lumbering guys who aren't very mobile. Oh well, it's good news for the other teams that's for sure. DIE WALLABY MASJIEN!!

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