George Smith on French shopping list

Wallabies and Brumbies star George Smith is the latest big name Australian player being hunted by a wealthy French club.

Smith has been reported to have had a meeting scheduled with Toulon rugby club president Mourad Boudjellal according to French sports paper L’Equipe.

Toulon was the club that controversially signed league player Sonny Bill Williams in the middle of his contract with the Bulldogs.

Smith is one of Robbie Deans core Wallabies and is crucial to the Brumbies but the twenty eight year old signed a three year deal with the Canberra team in 2006 and that ends after the 2009 season.

Smith was reported to be scheduled to Toulon’s stadium and meet club directors with a view to a contract starting next June.

Toulon are not alone as Brive and Clermont are also said to be interested in signing him.

Two weeks ago French club Bayonne offered Smith’s Wallaby team mate Matt Giteau $9.6m but it is understood that he cannot accept the offer as the ARU will not release him.

Smith has won 96 caps for the Wallabies and stood in as captain for Stirling Mortlock in the Wallabies 18-11 win over the Barbarians at Wembley last week.

Smith was this week named a nominee for the Rugby Union Player’s Association 2008 Medal of Excellence, which he won last year.

He has already been named Brumbies player of the year, the Australian Super 14 player of 2008 and was awarded the John Eales Medal.

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