Smith wins Premiership player of the month

Former Wasp George Smith will play Super Rugby for the Reds next season

Former Wallabies and Wasps forward George Smith has been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for February.

George Smith enjoyed an incredible month helping Wasps to an unbeaten four weeks which included a 100-point haul in victories over Saracens and Harlequins and moving into the top three of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Praising Smith’s role in this run, BT Sport analyst Austin Healey said: “We’ve all been there; you get to 35 and your brain tells your body to do something and it says no. This makes this season’s performances of our Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month all the more remarkable.

“You have to be truly world-class to achieve these heights at 35. Some things never go with age. Your ability to read situations, make the right decision, commit to a breakdown, not commit to a breakdown and generally feel a game.”

Smith was involved in a three-way battle for this month’s title beating Newcastle Falcons’ Andy Goode and his Wasps team mate Dan Robson into the runners-up spots.

Healey added: “Age aside, George’s performances for Wasps have been nothing short of sensational this year. I genuinely believe Wasps would not have got more quality had they signed Richie McCaw.

“George is high on tackles, high on breakdowns and high on all the stats, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s George Smith’s reading of the game and his link play that could just carry Wasps to a major trophy this season. I wish I was 35 all over again!”

Rugby fans also had their say on who deserved to win the coveted Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month Award as they became the 10th Judge. Joining the panel of nine judges, fans voted for the player who had impressed them the most during the month of February.

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