Boks release Juan to Cheetahs

2011-08-15 16:09

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.


  • jubsa - 2011-08-15 16:13

    good news this

      roboman1 - 2011-08-15 17:32

      sjoe, I am glad he wasn't released last weekend against the Lions. We needed that win, and Juan could have spoilt our party

      Raeez - 2011-08-16 09:46

      i dont agree roboman. Josh wuda sorted him out!lol. I actually think they saved him by NOT playing him againt the Lions.hahaha

  • GILLBERT - 2011-08-15 16:15

    go juan jo masjien...

      jk - 2011-08-15 16:16

      the masjien het gebreek swaer...

      GILLBERT - 2011-08-15 16:18

      nee net n pap wiel

      jk - 2011-08-15 16:20

      gedog hyt permatubes in...toe nie...

      Riaan - 2011-08-15 17:31

      Probably the hardest player in the bok team!

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-15 16:16

    If this move is simply to give Juan some much needed game time, then OK - we urgently need him back in the Bok setup ASAP.

      jk - 2011-08-15 16:17

      rob- thats why the article is useless- the guy cant hardly walk..., hes far from playing

      bakkebul - 2011-08-15 16:32

      jk - shut your pie hole

  • Gaans - 2011-08-15 16:24

    Where is Francois Louw? He just disappeared of the face of the earth after the super 15.

      jk - 2011-08-15 16:26

      gaans- waar was jy die afgelope 8 maande?????????? hys by Bath broer...

      Raka13 - 2011-08-15 16:49

      hy bad

  • JitteKerl - 2011-08-15 16:58

    good news!! now get him back to match fitness

      Bootman - 2011-08-15 17:32

      We've got 22 other boks who also needs to get back to match fitness.

      Barry - 2011-08-15 17:45

      I agree with Bootman. I think as far as possible the whole squad should do some PT and get some game time locally

  • Drewka - 2011-08-15 17:44

    Juan is nie 'n yster nie, hy is die mashien waarmee hulle ysters maak. Ek dink tussen hom en Schalkelator sal die bokke weer amper hulle ou self wees. Kort net daardie "spark" weer terug en ek dink Juan sal dit terug bring. Speel vir John as 'n impact speler en maak vir Juan onderkaptein.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 18:38

      Jy wil 'n kaartjie vir PE.Ek het een.Posisie goeie

  • Lefty - 2011-08-15 18:42

    Geen manier wat Juan Saterdag kan speel nie. Hy lyk en is ongemaklik. Sy kans om die besering te vererger - sou hy speel - is 100%. As PdV iets wil doen moet hy nou al op sy losmanne besluit sonder Smith.

  • Mack - 2011-08-15 19:03


      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 20:19

      I really hope he can come back. Some how I don't think he will make it. How much game time has he had in the last couple of years even ?

  • Scaramouche - 2011-08-15 21:03

    Captain Fantastic!

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 09:33

    Good Luck on your recovery Jean, hope you will be fit for the World Cup.

  • Lance - 2011-08-16 11:06

    Welcome back Juan.

  • kosie - 2011-08-16 12:50

    of course you have to be better in your excecutions because you lost if you want to win you have to improve. not just on small things but on all the things

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