Cheetahs captain Smith out of rugby for the year

Springbok and Cheetahs flanker Juan Smith’s injury curse has hit again and he has been ruled out of all rugby for the rest of the year.

Smith has now taken an indefinite break from rugby due to his ongoing Achilles injury which has intermittently kept him out of Super Rugby.

The Springbok flanker and former Cheetahs captain has told Volksblad that he will not play rugby again this year.

Smith injured his Achilles playing Super Rugby for the Cheetahs against the Bulls on the 25th of February last year.

Smith then missed the rest of the Super Rugby season last year and the Rugby World Cup.

The 30-year-old has not yet featured for the Cheetahs in 2012.

Smith has had four operations and is understandably very upset that his injury has kept him out for such an extended period.

“The right thing to do now is to give my injury sufficient time to heal 100%,” Smith told Volksblad.

Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske was also disappointed with the news and said, “Juan is the best No 7 flank in world rugby.”

“He was also our captain over the last few years and to lose him is a huge setback.

“It will be really difficult to replace a world class player like him.”

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